19 Dec

Senior Pet Care

With our pets living longer than ever before, it’s important to consider senior pet care when you adopt an animal. We’re happy to talk with you about age-related health concerns that you should expect. It can vary based on breed and size, but typically cats and dogs are considered seniors at around 7 years old. This just means that your veterinarian will be alert for any signs of aging that might need to be addressed early on.

Similar to people, older pets are susceptible to different forms of cancer and heart disease. Illnesses that affect the kidneys and urinary tract can be particularly uncomfortable for older animals, so it’s vital to keep an eye out for symptoms as advised by the veterinarian.

Joint pain and bone disease are especially common as our pets age, but there are a variety of treatments that can greatly extend the time your animal has living a happy and carefree life. Weight control is much more important for senior pets to help with the symptoms of these and other conditions, and can be aided through special diet foods. Whether it’s preventing weight gain in geriatric dogs or weight loss in older cats, we can help you find the best food for your furry friend.

Older animals often need to have their regular exams a little more often to detect these medical issues and treat them early on. This allows the veterinarian to perform quality-of-life evaluations so that you know how much discomfort your pet might be in. And when your animal has lived a full life, we’re here to talk with you about options for compassionate euthanasia. We know it’s a difficult time, but we want to make sure your animal has access to the best end-of-life care.

Yosemite Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide senior pet care in the Modesto, Empire, Riverbank, OakDale, Manteca, Stockton and Turlock areas.