Senior Pet Wellness Care at Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs
Has your little puppy or kitten been transformed by Father Time into an old friend? Age causes some inevitable changes, and not only for us humans. As your pet encounters new health risks and challenges in his senior years, it's important to give him what he needs to remain as healthy and happy as possible. Here at Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs, our veterinary team provides top-class senior wellness services for Council Bluffs and Glenwood pets just like yours.
The Special Needs of Geriatric Pets
As a general rule of thumb, most dogs and cats are termed "geriatric" once they reach the age of 7, although some breeds will naturally have longer or shorter total lifespans. The older the pet becomes, the more vulnerable he is to certain health conditions. One of the most common examples is periodontal (gum) disease, in which the tissues surrounding the teeth become inflamed and weakened by bacteria. Osteoarthritis is another common problem that afflicts aging joints, a result of the cartilage in the joints gradually wearing down. Senior pets who cannot get around well due to arthritis or other painful problems may develop obesity, yet another serious problem that increases the risks for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other damaging issues. Cataracts may develop, hearing loss may occur, and some pets may become incontinent.
The good news is that preventative wellness practices can help your pet enjoy optimal health for as long as possible. By identifying age-related health problems early, our veterinarian can prescribe the proper treatments and lifestyle changes to get them under control.
Evaluations, Pain Management, and Other Services at Our Veterinary Hospital
Our veterinary hospital urges owners of senior pets to schedule two wellness exams each year, instead of just one (which is the normal routine for younger adult animals). The extra frequency of these exams lets us catch lurking threats such as cancer, diabetes, or internal organ diseases. It also gives us a chance to perform extra dental cleanings to keep periodontal disease under control. Blood, urine, and fecal testing can provide an extraordinary amount of helpful information. Analysis of your pet's stance, gait, and responses can reveal sensory or neurological problems that call for treatment. Many chronic age-related health problems respond well to medication, exercise, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications.
Talk to Our Council Bluffs or Glenwood Veterinarian
If your old friend is getting on in years, it's time to consider senior pet wellness services. Call your trusted veterinarian at our Council Bluffs or Glenwood location today!