Senior Pet Care Services for Lafayette & West Lafayette Animals
It was only a few years ago that you brought your young, healthy pet home as the newest addition to the family -- so it may be hard to believe that he's actually entering his senior years. But pets age faster than people, and as they do, they become vulnerable to a host of age-related diseases and disorders. Here at Creekside Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, we can help safeguard your pet against these problems through wellness exams and other senior pet care services for Lafayette & West Lafayette animals.
The Essentials of Senior Pet Care
Asa general rule of thumb, a dog or cat can be considered "senior" around the age of 7, although some breeds may have significantly shorter of longer lifespans which cause them to be considered geriatric earlier or later than this. As pets age, the undergo many of the same changes that we humans do. Dental problems, hearing/vision loss, and degenerative joint conditions such as arthritis become a concern. The risks for heart disease, organ failure, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension go up -- especially in obese senior pets. Obesity becomes harder to avoid as a pet grows more sedentary with age and burns fewer calories. Senior pets can also experience dementia, incontinence, balance problems, and other worrying conditions that limit their quality of life.
While some age-related health problems are all but inevitable, their effect on your pet's life can be greatly minimized through proper preventative care. By keeping on top of your aging pet's health and recognizing the signs of trouble in their early stages, your veterinarian at our clinic can help your pet live a longer, happier, healthier life.
Senior Exams and Other Services From Our Veterinary Team
Twice-annual wellness exams are a critical aspect of senior pet care. By doubling the number of wellness exams your pet receives each year, we stand a better chance of identifying those age-related problems ASAP. We may be able to prevent complications of obesity, for example, by watching your pet's weight and recommending the proper weight loss or dietary strategies to keep it under control. Lab tests and vital sign monitoring can alert us to diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other diseases. Evaluations of your pet's behavior, vision, and hearing are also administered. We can then recommend the right exercises, pain management strategies, medications and other responses to optimize your pet's wellness.
Need a Caring Veterinarian for Your Old Friend? Contact Creekside Animal Wellness Center
Your pet deserves to enjoy the most satisfying life possible, regardless of his age. Call (765) 742-0140 to schedule senior pet wellness care in Lafayette & West Lafayette!