Like people, pets start to slow down in their senior years. They may also develop health problems that never bothered them when they were younger. Learning how to care for your senior pet is key to helping it enjoy better health in its senior years. Following are the answers to several questions the veterinary care professionals at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital frequently receive regarding senior pet care.
Why do elderly pets need special care?
By the time your pet reaches 7 years of age, it is considered a senior pet. Senior pets are more susceptible to disease due to a weaker immune system, which is why they need extra care. Through advanced diagnostics and treatments and changes to its diet and lifestyle, your pet can stay healthy and strong well into its senior years.
What health issues are common in senior pets?
Senior pets are at risk of developing joint problems, kidney or liver problems, cancer, dental disease, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Some of these health issues can be prevented through changes in your pet’s diet and lifestyle. Others can be treated if caught early enough during a pet exam. Our Knoxville, TN, veterinarian recommends scheduling bi-annual or quarterly exams for your senior pet to closely monitor its health.
How do vets care for senior pets?
At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive pet exams that detect signs of skin problems, ear infections, dental disease, joint problems, pet allergies, and other health issues in their early stages so your pet can get immediate treatment. We also offer extensive bloodwork for senior pets to uncover hidden internal medical issues. Our veterinarian can recommend changes in your pet’s lifestyle and diet that can prevent health issues and improve your pet’s health in its senior years. We’ll also ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date to protect it from infectious diseases.
What can I do to keep my pet healthy and happy in its senior years?
Make sure your pet is eating a healthy diet appropriate for this stage of its life so that it gets the nutrients it needs without gaining excess weight. Tailor your pet’s exercise to its abilities. Leisurely walks in the park are a good activity for senior pets as it does not require a lot of energy, but offers mental and physical stimulation. Make sure your senior pet can easily access everything it needs (bed, food, water, litter box, toys, etc.) to live comfortably.
Senior Pet Care in Knoxville, TN
Call Callahan Drive Animal Hospital today at (865) 938-0243 for more information on caring for your senior pet or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.