Auburn Animal Clinic has a special place in our hearts for aging pets. We love all of our patients but especially want to focus on keeping our companions as healthy and happy as possible. Due to advancements in medical care, dogs and cats are living longer than they ever did before. The size and breed of your dog will have a lot to do with his life expectancy, but in general all dogs are considered a senior at age 9. Cats are considered “senior felines” at the age of 10. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for you to work closely with us to devise a health plan that is best for your senior pet.
When your dog and cat reaches their senior years, the aging process increases changes in their health and more frequent exams may be needed to help detect early warning signs of health issues (when treatment is most effective) and to monitor existing health conditions. There are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, the most common are: weight and mobility changes; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance, osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease, and the most common one: tumors and cancers.
We offer senior pet care for dogs and cats. The doctor will want to see your dog and cat twice a year. If your pet is on chronic medications we may recommend additional visits and diagnostic screening.
Please call us today for a senior pet care exam if your dog or cat is 9 years or older.