Senior Dog Care
Regular preventative care is especially important for senior dogs to prevent or delay conditions that senior animals are more prone including osteoarthritis, hormone disorders, organ failure, cancers, and disease of the kidney, heart, and liver. Annual wellness visits are highly recommended to make sure that all of your dog’s healthcare needs are being met.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the following signs could indicate a problem that should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Significant decrease or increase in appetite
- Failure to eat for more than two days
- Noticeable decrease in vision or hearing
- Increasing inactivity or time spent sleeping
- Excessive panting or fatigue
- Localized or unusual hair loss
- Seizures or convulsing
We provide veterinary care that is specific to the needs of senior dogs including a complete blood count, urinalysis, blood-chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. We can also suggest specially formulated food for your dog, whose changing nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet. Keeping your dog active is also helpful in slowing the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process. At your dog’s next wellness exam, please speak with us to learn more about keeping your senior dog healthy.