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

pet health
  • Diabetes
  • Joint problems and arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Dental problems
  • Cancer
  • 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.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer