Senior Pet Care:
Keeping the Spring in Their Step
Once a pet reaches the age of seven, he or she is considered to be a senior. Of course for many pets, the majority of their lives will be spent as seniors. So the preventive veterinary care we supply now will provide benefits that extend many years into the future.
At Marina Veterinary Center, we are attuned to the special needs of senior pets. We understand the many pet health challenges they face and offer traditional and holistic veterinary solutions to treat not only any symptoms they’re experiencing, but also their underlying causes. We will work closely with you to identify which treatment options are most appropriate for your senior pet.
Senior Wellness Exams
We recommend that our senior pet patients have semi-annual wellness exams. This will enable us to monitor any physical or behavioral changes that may be taking place and identify potential issues as early as possible.
During the exam, our veterinarians will:
- Conduct a thorough nose-to-tail physical
- Produce a full blood work panel (annually) to check your pet’s blood counts and kidney, liver, and thyroid functions
- Complete a urinalysis
- Perform a preventive deworming
- Monitor your pet’s blood pressure, as senior pets are prone to hypertension
Depending upon your pet’s condition, routine digital X-rays may also be recommended. These enable our veterinarians to check the chest region to ensure that the heart and lungs are healthy and that no masses are present. It also allows us to screen for signs of arthritis.
Pet Care Counseling
As senior pets become less active, their dietary needs will change. Our veterinarians will be happy to provide pet nutrition counseling to ensure that your senior cat or dog is receiving the nutrients needed to ensure good health.
Pet dental issues are more likely to surface with age. Our veterinarians will check your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums to see whether additional pet dental care is needed. We can also recommend home care solutions to help protect against tartar and plaque buildup.
Senior Pet Pain Relief
Pets are quite talented at masking their pain, as it used to be key to their survival. By the time you’re aware that your pet is uncomfortable, it’s possible that he or she has been that way for a while. If your pet is slower to rise, has become less active, or refuses to jump the way he or she used to, then it’s possible that he or she is in need of veterinary care.
At Marina Veterinary Center, we believe in being proactive when it comes to cat and dog pain management. In addition to pet medications, we offer traditional and holistic veterinary therapies to assist our pet patients.
We were one of the first veterinary clinics in the United States to provide cold laser therapy to pets and are experts at using this advanced tool. Cold laser therapy gives pain relief to those suffering from knee problems, arthritis, and many other conditions by decreasing swelling and inflammation and increasing circulation.
We are also very pleased to offer veterinary chiropractitioner services. Senior pets that are facing lameness, cat or dog arthritis, cruciate ligament injuries, patella luxation, or a host of other physical challenges can benefit enormously from veterinary orthopedic manipulation.
Pet End-of-Life Care
Sometimes a senior pet experiences health issues that cannot be remedied. Should there come a time when you are faced with evaluating your senior pet’s quality of life, know that we will be there for you. If pawspice services are required, we will assist you with that as well.