Just like they do with people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly seven times the rate that humans do. As your dog gets older, they require different nutrition programs and exercise routines, and they are prone to a variety of new diseases. Old dogs, deserve the very best care. Their golden years should be filled with comfort, love, and attention. At 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, we're committed to providing our senior canine companions with the extra TLC they need. Because every wagging tail and graying muzzle deserves the utmost care and respect.
Common age-related diseases:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Intestinal diseases
- Cognitive dysfunctions
It is important to consider these changes throughout your pets’ lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify problems, track your pet’s progress and treat issues early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age. AAHA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. It’s important to know about changes in your pets’ feeding and exercise in order to maintain their healthy lifestyles, keeping them comfortable in their old age. Did you know there are specialized senior dog foods designed to address the unique needs of older dogs? These specially crafted formulas consider factors like dental health, digestion, and weight management, ensuring that senior dogs receive tailored nutrition to support their changing requirements
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital can help your senior pet!