Did you know that most pets reach their senior years around 7 years of age? Frontier Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing these older friends with the best medical care available, and making resources and information available for the humans who love them.
Your Senior Pet
- Frequent exams and twice yearly bloodwork and urinalyses are the best resource for preventative care for your senior pet. Our Whole Health Plans provide a range of options that include the recommended testing and examinations.
- Behavioral changes can occur as your pet ages. These changes can include both physical and mental changes, and may be indicative of underlying issues.
- Dogs and cats age approximately seven times faster than humans — find out how old your pet is in human years!
- Older pets with arthritis can experience some extra discomfort in the cold or wet months. Talk to your veterinarian for tips on helping make your pet comfortable during the winter.
- Nutrition is important a pet’s entire lifetime, but their needs can change dramatically as they age. Pets who suffer from joint pain or arthritis can be given food with additives like glucosamine, while overweight pets can ease some of the strain on their bodies by using an reduced-calorie diet. Your veterinarian can help you decide which diet would be beneficial to your senior pet’s well-being.
- Dental care is essential part of your senior pet’s lifestyle. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. Click here for more information on pet dentistry.