Senior Dog and Cat Care
All of us at Norwalk Animal Hospital love your four-footed companions and want your aging pet’s senior years to be as healthy and happy as possible.
Due to the advancements in veterinary medical care, dogs and cats are living longer than they ever have before. The size and breed of your dog or breed of your cat will have a lot to do with his/her genetic life expectancy. However, in general, dogs are considered a senior at age seven or eight and cats are considered senior at age nine or ten.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to dogs and cats. By working closely with a member of our professional staff to devise an individualized treatment plan for your senior pet, we all can be assured that we are doing our best to alleviate pain and suffering.
As your pet reaches the “golden” years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including:
- weight changes
- vision changes
- osteoarthritis and mobility problems
- kidney, heart, and liver organ malfunctions
- tumors and cancers
- hormone disorders such as Diabetes and Thyroid imbalance
Our senior care programs include a comprehensive exam and blood work to evaluate organ function, thyroid output and the health of the white and red blood cells, as well as a complete urinalysis. Additional tests such as chest x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, blood pressure monitoring and eye pressure checks may also be indicated. Talk to us today about how to keep your senior pet at his or her healthy best.