South Charlotte Senior Pets Are Welcomed at Rea Road
Advances in veterinary medicine allow many pets to live longer than ever before. Not all pets achieve senior status at the same time. Dogs considered giant breeds are deemed senior at 5 years and large breeds at 7, but small dogs may not be called seniors until they are 10 years of age.
Arthritis and obesity are two of the most common age-related problems we encounter. Our pets are more prone to health problems as they age. These can include
- Joint problems and arthritis
- Kidney disease
- Dental problems
- Tumors (i.e., thyroid)
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Heart disease
At a typical senior pet wellness exam, a heartworm check is done and vaccinations are reviewed. We take blood samples and decide which preventive vaccinations need booster doses. While discussing your pet's medical history with you, we will listen to your observations and concerns. As in every exam throughout your pet's life, we perform tests and administer vaccines according to his or her needs and lifestyle.
Senior Pets Can Stay Active
Keeping active is vital for senior pets. If your dog or cat seems to be slowing down, there may be pain medications and supplements we can recommend to alleviate discomfort. Anti-inflammatory drugs can be very helpful in improving mobility. Changing your pet's diet and adding or varying the exercise routine can help him or her shed extra pounds to fight obesity and the health problems it can cause. If you have questions on how to keep your senior pet in good condition, be sure to ask at your next visit or call us for an appointment today.