At our Ambler animal hospital, our veterinarians provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior cats and dogs to ensure they remain healthy and comfortable in their old age.
Geriatric Care for Pets
Routine preventive veterinary care and diagnosis is essential to senior pets as they age into their golden years. Conscientious care can help extend your pet's good health - and their life - as they age, so it's imperative that they attend regularly scheduled routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team is here to address any health issues that may develop. We can also offer early, proactive treatment to easily and effectively manage any problems.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
It may be surprising to learn that your pet is already a senior, especially if they seem young and virile. In fact, small to medium-sized dogs and cats are usually considered seniors at about age 7.
Because larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, they are considered to be seniors when they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Due to improvement in veterinary care and dietary options, companion dogs and cats are living longer today than they have in decades past.
While this is absolutely cause for celebration by vets and pet parents, our beloved four-legged friends now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past.
Senior pets are usuall prone to these conditions.
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Your senior pet will receive a thorough examination from the vet. We will ask about their life at home and conduct any tests that may be needed to gain additional insight into his or her overall condition and physical health.
Based on the test results, we'll recommend a treatment plan that may include medications, dietary changes or activities to help improve your senior pet's health, comfort, and wellbeing.
To help your senior cat or dog live a healthy, happy, and fulfilled life, preventive geriatric care is essential to the foundation of their healthcare routine. It also allows our veterinarians the opportunity to detect diseases early.
Early disease detection can help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch developing health issues before they progress into more serious, long-term problems.
By attending regular physical exams, your pet will have the best opportunity to live a healthy life long-term.