Elderly pets, much like puppies and kittens, need more medical attention than adult pets. Fortunately, pets are living a longer and healthier life due to improved vet care and knowledge of dietary habits. Traditionally, cats and small dogs live longer than large dogs, but this does not mean that a large dog cannot live a long and happy life! At Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic, we are able to provide this care, and help you keep your elderly pet active with a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Potential Health Problems
Just like with humans, elderly pets experience additional health problems. Even a pet that has lived an extremely healthy and active life will suffer more health problems as he or she ages. In fact, many of the diseases that senior citizens have are the same as what senior pets are diagnosed with. This includes cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, and more. Additionally, some elderly pets will show changes in behavior, including confusion, increased irritability, repetitive activity, change in sleep patterns, and more.
Pet Care Considerations
Your elderly pet will need different veterinary care than they did when they were younger. At our office, we take into consideration everything from diet and nutrition to mental health. Our senior pet exams tend to be more in depth, and we look specifically for diseases that develop as pets age. We’ll also discuss with you any concerns about changes in behavior and what you can do to help your pet live a longer and happier life.
Treatment will depend on if your pet has any diseases, but in general, we will make recommendations on diet and nutrition, as well as exercises you can do with your pet to help their physical and mental health.
Call Portage Park Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment today!
Courtesy of: AVMA