Caring for Senior Pets

As pets move into different phases of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are common to older people also affect our furry companions, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension or hypotension
  • Kidney, heart, and liver disease
  • Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Hormonal problems
  • Neuroses
  • Loss of sensory perception

Preventative Senior Pet Care

This wide range of ailments makes preventive care vital for your pet. We recommend pets ages 7 and older undergo a complete physical examination, complete with blood work and associated laboratory tests, at least twice a year. Early detection of these diseases results in faster treatment and better overall health and well-being for your pet. Our veterinarians provide complete veterinary medical care for senior pets.

Signs To Watch For

Signs of old age in your pet may be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet’s health care, you are his or her most important partner. Please let us know if your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Stiffness or limping
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
  • Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
  • Drastic weight change (either weight loss or gain)
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Changes in urination/defecation habits
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased responsiveness

What Next?

Regular pet exams are the key to keeping your senior pet healthy. All pet exams at University Animal Hospital include a thorough physical evaluation of your pet. Our veterinarians and staff will provide you with valuable information about keeping your senior pet healthy. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as physical therapy for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can help improve your pet’s quality of life. We look forward to helping you and your best friend enjoy many more years together.