Caring for the Poconos’ Senior Pets
At seven years old, cats and dogs are considered seniors. The needs of dogs and cats change as they grow older. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital understands these changes and will cater your dog or cat’s health plan to meet his or her needs.
With the increased risk of different health issues, our vets recommend that senior pets have physical exams every six months. Blood work should continue to be checked once a year and regular teeth cleanings should continue. Your vet will watch for changes in behaviors you are seeing at home and will be mindful of possible disease processes. Some changes to watch for and update your veterinarian on include:
- Dental disease
- Changes in drinking habits
- Changes in urination habits
- Weight gain
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in mood
- Increased difficulty moving around
Protecting the senior pet from disease remains an important part of keeping him or her healthy. As the body ages, the unnecessary stresses from preventable diseases can greatly harm a pet, so staying on a vaccination schedule is even more important.
Throughout the year, keeping your senior pet free from fleas and ticks will help protect them from disease as well as from discomfort and the depletion of nutrients. Again, preventing unnecessary stresses on your aging pet’s body can help keep him or her going strong.
After dogs and cats reach seven years of age, the needs of their bodies change and they require a quality senior pet food. Consult with our veterinarians on the pet food that will be most beneficial for your pet. You can also check our store for excellent name-brand food options.
A common ailment in aging pets is arthritis, which can greatly decrease mobility and quality of life. If your pet suffers from arthritis, be sure to check with our veterinarians to see if laser therapy would be a good option. We have seen significant increases in mobility and greater quality of life for pets given laser therapy treatments for arthritis.
The needs of the senior pet are different from those of puppies and kittens and adult cats and dogs. Barton Heights Animal Hospital will help you keep your pet on a healthy schedule no matter his or her age.