Aging Pets Need Special Care
Most all pet owners agree that no matter the age, our furry friends will always be our babies. As they age, it is our responsibility to make sure that they get the care needed to thrive in their senior years. It is no secret that pets are living longer lives as a result of improved preventative care, special diets, better medications, and veterinary technology. Pet parents need to be aware of important adjustments that need to be made to ensure that the senior years are happy, healthy, and comfortable. Dr. Whitworth and his staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic can help you make any necessary adjustments to plan for your pet’s future.
When is a Pet Considered a Senior?
Cats and small dogs are generally considered senior at 10 years old. Medium sized dogs are considered senior at eight, large breed dogs at 6 and giant breed dogs at 4 years old. Pets that qualify as seniors should be examined twice yearly to see if there are any early signs of disease. Behaviors or changes that pet owners can monitor for signs of disease in senior pets include changes in water intake, urination, appetite, energy level, coughing, vomiting, or a change in weight. If you see any of these “signs”, have a discussion with Dr. Whitworth to discuss the aging process and ways that you can correct and problems related to disease or deficiencies.
Geriatric Pet Health Conditions
As a pet ages, they can develop many of the same conditions and diseases that aging humans experience. Because our furry friends can’t tell us how they feel, it is our responsibility to be aware of potential health threats. Preventive care can detect many off these illnesses before they become life threatening or disabling.
The most common ailments that affect our pets include:
· heart disease
· kidney/urinary tract disease
· liver disease
· joint or bone disease
Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Pets
Whitworth Animal Clinic services pets from Madison, Huntsville, and the surrounding Madison County areas. If you would like more information about caring for senior pets, contact Dr. Whitworth at 256/830-1503 to schedule a consultation. With Dr. Whitworth’s help, you can help your senior pet live a longer, healthier, and happier life!