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When Is My Pet Really A Senior?

When you think of a senior pet, you might automatically think of a white muzzle and less activity but this doesn’t have to be. Did you know that dogs and cats are considered senior by the age of 6? Once your pet hits this milestone, it’s important to get them checked by a Veterinarian at least every 6 months to a year. After all, education, early disease detection, and prevention is key to helping your pet live a long and healthy life.


Some things to keep your pet happy are exercise, good dental care, and a nutritious diet. For a balanced diet, we recommend Hill's Science Diet and Royal Canin. Both offer various types of food to cater to your pet’s specific nutritional needs. Be sure to ask us which one is right for your pet. For your pets dental hygiene needs, we recommend C.E.T. HEXtra chews, C.E.T. Veggident chews, T/D treats, and daily teeth brushing. Be sure to use pet toothpaste! We also recommend dental cleaning every 6 months to a year. This is a procedure we can do in the hospital to clean off any tartar or plaque.


Like humans, when pets age they can have degeneration in the joints and can become uncomfortable. They can not tell you they hurt but you may see your pet is slowing down and sleeping a lot. Your pet may also have accidents or urinary tract infections because they don’t want to move to go to the bathroom. Whether it’s arthritis or an injury that is slowing your pet down, our hospital offers acupuncture and laser therapy. These procedures help alleviate pain and inflammation. Both of these services can be done in a short visit and can be grouped together for faster results. Dr. Pfeffer and Dr. Vanderhoof are both certified in Acupuncture through the Chi Institute. Give us a call to determine if your pet is a good candidate for acupuncture and therapy laser. We also have many choices of medication, both traditional and herbal, to help with pain in your pet.


It’s important to pay special attention to your pet as they age as any minor sign of change could end up being life threatening. At our hospital, we offer a Senior Wellness Package that covers important bases to ensure your pet is in tip top health. This package includes a physical examination, bloodwork, x-rays, urinalysis, and a glaucoma screening. During the visit, be sure to let us know of any changes your pet has exhibited so we can document your concerns and give your pet the correct care. Here are some signs to report to your doctor immediately:


  • Showing changes in behavior/ activity level

  • Having difficulty with mobility

  • Changes in eating patterns

  • Noticeably gaining or losing weight

  • Losing house training habits

  • Becoming confused or disoriented

  • Exhibiting bad breath/ red or swollen gums

  • Showing tremor or shaking

  • Changing hair coat, skin, or new lumps and bumps


Senior pets make great companions so if your pet needs compassionate care, please call our office today to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy for a lifetime!

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