Senior Pet Wellness with our Council Bluffs Veterinarian
It seems like just yesterday that you brought your new puppy or kitten home. While you've had numerous adventures together since that time, you may still be astonished at how quickly your pet has transformed into a senior citizen. Pets simply don't live as long as humans, but you can take steps to ensure that your furry friend has a great life throughout his golden years -- because Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic provides senior pet wellness services.
Threats to Older Pets' Health
Your pet will pass middle age and enter the realm we consider "geriatric" by the age of 7 (or, in certain cases, as early as 5). Even if he seems robustly healthy at this stage of life, his age puts him at elevated risk for a variety of potential problems. These may include:
- Arthritis and other degenerative joint issues
- Chronic pain syndromes and conditions
- Cataracts or other eye problems
- Hearing loss
- Dental problems such as periodontal disease
- Cognitive or behavioral changes
- Urinary incontinence
- Various types of cancer
- Organ failure
Many of these problems may be triggered by obesity. Obesity becomes harder to avoid as your pet slows down and burns fewer calories. In a vicious cycle, the weight gain may increase joint pain, reducing his activity level further.
Wellness Care for your Senior Pet
Senior pets need extra wellness care to ward off these troubling issues, which is why you want to bring your Council Bluffs IA friend to either of our vet clinics for a twice-a-year exam, instead of the annual exam younger adults receive. This extra frequency allows us to notice any health issues as soon as possible, which enables us to treat them more effectively. Senior pet exams also place extra emphasis on looking for age-related problems. Lab testing helps us catch organ dysfunction, cancer, and other internal issues, while observations of your pet’s exterior features, stance, gait, and behavior can alert us to other kinds of problems.
If your senior pet has begun to suffer from age-related disorders, don't worry. Our veterinarian in Council Bluffs can prescribe a variety of measures to help him improve his degree of wellness. We can provide:
- Special diets or nutritional supplements
- Senior-friendly exercise programs
- Anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic pain
- Medications to combat age-related diseases
- Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor
...and much more.
Call Our Veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood
Is your pet ready for senior wellness care? If so, call our veterinarian in Council Bluffs or Glenwood to schedule a senior pet exam!