Senior Pet Care
Senior Pets Live Longer & Healthier Lives
With improved nutrition, advanced technology, and excellent veterinary care, our pets are healthier and living longer than ever before. However, as pet lifespan increases, we see a greater probability of age-related pet diseases or conditions. Some of these age-related concerns include:
- Kidney, heart, and liver disease
- Cancers and tumors
- Thyroid imbalance
- Weight and mobility challenges
- Behavioral concerns
- Dental disease
To address these concerns, the veterinary team at Pacific Animal Hospital follows a set of Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats developed by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). These guidelines are the gold standard in senior pet care, raising the bar for veterinary care of your aging animal companion.
The AAHA Senior Pet Care Guidelines recommend a complete exam and laboratory testing every 6 months. Dogs and cats age far more rapidly than humans; therefore, pet diseases develop and progress in a relatively short period of time. This pet age chart demonstrates the accelerated aging of pets compared to their human owners.
Age Comparison Chart for Dogs & Cats
Real Age in Years
Pet age data from the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
Senior Health Exams
First, we discuss your observations and concerns, especially any changes in condition or behavior since your last check-up. Your careful observations and reporting, combined with the skills of our professional team, are critical in maintaining the health and vigor of your senior pet.
Next, the veterinarian will perform a thorough hands-on physical examination looking for signs of developing conditions or abnormalities.
Then, diagnostic laboratory testing is performed, typically including a urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistry panel, and a fecal exam. Other tests such as X-rays or ultrasound may be needed, especially if your dog or cat is displaying signs of illness or discomfort.
Finally, the doctor will carefully go over all of the information gathered and partner with you to formulate a plan to improve and maintain your senior pet’s health.
Download, print, and complete the PDF Senior Wellness Survey to bring to your next exam. This information will assist us in identifying any developing problems and creating a plan that meets your mature pet’s needs.
Contact our office to schedule your Senior Exam or if you have questions or concerns about your mature dog or cat.