Preventive health care is critical for senior pets. As they age, they face an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health problems. Often, the symptoms are not readily apparent, and these diseases may go undetected and untreated. This makes preventive treatment vitally important for your pet.
We recommend our senior loved ones undergo a complete physical examination every six months, with associated laboratory tests once a year. Early detection of disease results in faster treatment, leading to a much better quality of life for your favorite four-legged family member.
Signs To Watch For
Signs of “old age” in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet’s health care, you are his or her most important partner. Please let us know if your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Stiffness or limping
- Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
- Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
- Tremors or shaking
- Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
- Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
- Difficulty seeing or hearing
- Changes in urination or defecation habits
- Confusion or disorientation
- Decreased responsiveness
Early Detection is Key
Regular exams are the key to keeping your senior loved one healthy. All ageing pet exams at West Palm Animal Clinic & Boarding include a thorough physical evaluation of your pet. We also perform a number of diagnostic tests, including a comprehensive series of blood tests. These tests help us detect diabetes, heart disease, parasites and other health problems that may not be readily apparent during a physical examination.
Dr. Durkee and staff will provide you with valuable information about keeping your senior pet healthy. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as physical therapy for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can help improve your pet’s quality of life. We look forward to helping you and your best friend enjoy many more years together.
Dr.Durkee and staff will provide you with valuable information about keeping your senior pet healthy. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as physical therapy for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can help improve their quality of life. We look forward to helping you and your best friend enjoy many more years together.
Ageing Pet Wellness Packages
Our ageing pet wellness and early detection packages provide needed care for our senior patients with incredible value. The philosophy is simple – the best care for our ageing patients with deep savings for our clients.
Ageing pets need special care! Like people, they are living longer … That is good news!
We all value the affection we share with our pets. Nothing helps that friendship last more than working with a veterinarian in West Palm Beach FL to maintain their health and quality of life. As they age, changes occur in its physical condition which warrant veterinary care in addition to the annual check-up. You will want to develop a complete geriatric health maintenance program with your veterinarian to provide an optimal healthy lifestyle.