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 Animal Hospital approach is that senior pets are distinguished VIPs who 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 6 years old.
Along with routine care and vaccinations, we also recommend the following for senior pets:
- Exams: Twice a year (every 6 months) for early detection and prevention or treatment of common problems such as decreased organ function and arthritis. Also includes assessment of vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and mental responsiveness, all of which can decline with age.
- Blood tests: Complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry panel
- Urinalysis: Can identify presence of urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and other conditions
- Parasite Evaluation
- Hyperthyroidism testing (Cats only)
- Personalized nutrition recommendations
- 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
Need to schedule your senior pet for an exam? Request a visit online or call us at (813) 752-1010.