Senior cats and dogs receive comprehensive geriatric care from our Victoria veterinarians to help them feel healthy and comfortable as they enter old age.
Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
As they enter their golden years, our senior pets need routine preventive care and early diagnosis. Senior pets need even more attention to age-related conditions and diligent care as they age can extend your pet's life and vitality. It's imperative that they attend regularly scheduled routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team can identify emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, when any problems can be easily and effectively managed.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
While your pet may seem young and agile, you may find it surprising to learn that they are already a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are usually considered seniors around the time they reach 7 years of age.
Larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, and are considered seniors when they reach 6 years of age.
Typical Health Problems
Improved veterinary care and better dietary options have meant our companion cats and dogs are living much longer today than they have in the past.
While this is certainly cause for celebration, veterinarians and pet owners now face more age-related conditions as a consequence.
Senior pets are typically susceptible to these conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Kidney disease
- Hearing loss and blindness
- Bone or joint disorders
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Your senior pet will receive a thorough physical examination from one of our vets. During the exam, the vet will ask about his or her home life in detail and complete any tests that may be needed to offer more insight into his or her overall physical health and condition.
Based on the results, a treatment plan potentially including activities, dietary changes and medications will be recommended to help improve your senior pet's comfort, health and well-being.
Routine Wellness Exams
It's essential that your senior pet receives routine preventive care to live a healthy, fulfilled and happy life. Routine exams also allow our veterinarians to detect diseases early, before they develop into long-term problems.
Visiting your vet for regular physical exams gives your pet the best opportunity to maintain quality long-term health.
Caring for Pets in Victoria
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