Specialized Senior Pet Care in Northbridge MA
Pets can live long, productive lives and bring joy to their families for many years. The team of the PawSteps Veterinary Center is dedicated to ensuring that your older pets receive specialized care designed to meet their changing needs.
It may be hard to believe, but many animals as young as 7 years of age are considered to be seniors and require specialized care. Even if they do not look old, the pet’s body systems are changing and requiring different support.
Senior Pet Exams
Similar to humans, early detection of disease allows for early treatment, which can significantly improve the quality of your senior pet’s life. For this reason, we recommend twice per year physical examinations. During these examinations, a complete history of your pet’s health will be taken, and our team will ask questions regarding appetite, sleeping, vocalizing, behavior, elimination, and play to make sure that your aging pet is still acting and feeling well at home.
Senior Pet Blood Work
The veterinarians of PawSteps Veterinary Center recommend annual blood testing for your senior pet. These screening tests check for illnesses that are common in geriatric animals and can be treated with medications and diet. Screening tests can reveal conditions including:
- Heart conditions
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid imbalances
Screening tests can identify these problems early enough that medications, foods, and lifestyle changes can be recommended to limit the illnesses and help your pets feel better and live longer.
Additional Common Senior Pet Conditions and Treatments
Some of the common treatable problems seen in older pets include:
- Dental disease—PawSteps Veterinary Center offers comprehensive pet dental care options that can restore your pet’s comfort and prevent dental infections from spreading throughout the body.
- Orthopedic problems including pet arthritis—Through physical therapy, acupuncture, dietary supplements, and other appropriate pet pain management options, many pets are able to resume normal activity levels.
- Pet obesity—Because of a pet’s changes in body functioning as they age, changes to the pet’s diet and exercise must take place too. Our team will help you select the best foods and activities for your senior pet.
- Behavioral changes—A full health evaluation to rule out medical issues followed by a combination of training, medication, and even diet can help with senior pet behavioral changes.
Senior pets need just a little bit of extra care to feel great and live full and active lives. Physical examinations twice per year and geriatric blood profiles at least once per year for older dogs and cats allows PawSteps Veterinary Center to work with you to keep your pet happy, healthy, and an active participant in your family for as long as possible.