Senior Pet Care

Older pets have a certain charm that can just be irresistible. And we all want to be there for the pet that’s been with us through thick and thin. The Turkey Creek Vets approach is that senior pets are distinguished VIPs that deserve extra support and care. We consider smaller dogs and cats to be “senior” pets once they’ve reached about 8 or 9 years of age while larger breeds of dog may reach senior status around the age of 5 or 6 years old.

Along with routine care and vaccinations, we also recommend the following for senior pets:

  • Complete exams twice a year (every 6 months) for early detection and prevention or treatment of common problems such as decreased organ function and arthritis.
  • Full laboratory tests for:
    • Complete Blood Count – helps diagnose anemia, infections, leukemia, and other cancers
    • Urine – can identify presence of urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and other conditions
    • Blood Chemistry Panel – shows the proper or improper function of kidneys, pancreas, liver and other organs
    • Parasite Evaluation – helps rule out certain diseases, digestive disorders and the presence of parasites
    • Hyperthyroidism (Cats Only) – this common ailment in senior cats can be ruled out through an additional simple blood test
  • Assessment of vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and mental responsiveness, all of which can decline with age.
  • Personalized nutrition recommendations to fit your pet’s lifestyle, which may be less active than usual, or to manage diseases like heart disease or diabetes
  • Exercise recommendations or physical therapy
  • Pain management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, including alternative therapies such as acupuncture

Regardless of your pet’s age, please contact us if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Collapse or seizure
  • Difficulty breathing, heavy panting not due to exercise
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Decrease in appetite/refusal to eat for 2 or more days
  • Inability to chew dry food
  • Significant increase in appetite
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Blood in stool or urine
  • Lameness, limping or noticeable pain in everyday activities
  • Hair loss and/or numerous open sores/scabs
  • Swollen abdomen

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4645 US Hwy 92 W
Plant City, FL 33563

Mon - Fri – 8am to 6pm
Saturday - 8am to 1pm

Phone: 813.752.1010

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