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Senior Canine Care

We will ensure that your pet will age both healthfully AND gracefully!

Through regular examinations and testing, we can catch early signs of aging in your dog.  This will allow us to treat minor issues before your dog’s quality of life is affected.

How do you know if your pet is considered a “senior”? 
Your dog might be considered a “senior” between 6 and 8 years of age depending on several factors, such as his or her lifestyle history, breed, medical history, etc. It is important to know what changes to look for which indicate the need for an examination.

Changes You May See in Your Dog

Because dogs age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your dog evaluated:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Bad breath or drooling
  • Excess urination or increased water intake
  • Reduced exercise, increased stiffness, trouble jumping or walking
  • Apparent pain when your dog moves or is handled
  • Any vomiting or diarrhea
  • A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
  • Appearance of a distended abdomen (i.e. “pot belly”)
  • Depression or listless behavior
  • Excessive panting
  • Heavy or rapid breathing when resting
  • Coughing

What should you do if your pet has reached his or her “senior” years?

We recommend senior care exams at least once yearly that include an in-depth analysis of your pet’s overall health.  During these exams, we perform any necessary tests and began treatment or management of any conditions we may diagnose.

In general, your pet’s senior care exam will focus on:

  • A comprehensive senior pet physical exam.  Checking your pet's teeth, gums, lymph nodes, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, skin, body weight/body condition score, abdomen, and joints allow us to catch health problems early when they can be most readily treated. 
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing if needed, such as blood work, urine and fecal analysis, x-rays, blood or eye pressure testing.

Early medical detection and treatment of diseases in your senior dog can only be accomplished through regular examinations and screening tests.  Early diagnosis of any problems will allow us to treat quickly so your dog stays healthy and happy for as long as possible.