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Posted on 02-18-2013

Senior Pet Care: Our Canton Veterinarian Answers Your Questions

senior pet care from Canton veterinarian.jpgAs our pets age, they require additional pet wellness care in order to stay healthy, happy and active. Pet owners frequently ask our veterinarian about the best ways to support their older pet’s health. From nutrition/dietary concerns to pain management questions, we’re happy to help! Read on for the answers to your most frequently asked senior pet care questions.

Understanding Senior Pet Wellness Care

How do I know my pet needs “senior” care and why is it important?

Cats are generally considered to be seniors between the age of 10 years or later, as are smaller dogs. Some large dogs may need senior care starting at age eight or nine. As a pet owner, you may notice physical symptoms that suggest the need for senior care. These symptoms include a general “slowing down” in physical activity and a decline in taste, smell, sight or hearing. What you cannot notice, however, is that important physical changes are also happening inside your pet. This is why regular vet visits are so important; a semi-annual checkup helps our team stay on top of your pet’s health before illness strikes.

What should I expect during a senior pet checkup?

Our Canton veterinarian will perform a full physical and conduct diagnostic blood work. This blood work helps us screen for potential illnesses or health problems before outward symptoms are present. For example, blood chemistry panel results can help diagnose problems a kidney infection, problems with the gall bladder or pancreas, as well as liver disease.

Should I change my pet’s diet now that my pet is older?

Depending on your pet’s wellness needs, dietary changes, including the addition of dietary supplements, may be necessary. It is important that you do not overfeed your pet. A few extra pounds on your pet can be the equivalent to an extra 10 to 20 pounds on a human. If your pet is less active than he once was, our veterinarian can make dietary recommendations that reflect this change in activity level.

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