Lakewood Animal Hospital

Senior Pet Care in Locust Grove, VA

As our beloved pets age, their needs change and they require more specialized care. Just like humans, senior pets need extra attention and care to ensure they live a happy and healthy life. We will discuss when a pet is considered a senior, why senior pet care is important, signs of aging, and what to expect with senior pet care.

When is My Pet Considered a Senior?

Lakewood Animal Hospital - Senior Pet Care

The breed and size of a pet determine the age at which they are considered a senior. Generally, people consider dogs and cats seniors when they reach 7-9 years old. However, larger breeds age faster and people may consider them seniors at a younger age. Consulting with us is important to determine when your specific pet should be considered a senior.

Why is Senior Pet Care Important?

As pets age, they become more susceptible to health issues such as arthritis, dental disease, and organ failure. It is important to take care of older pets. This helps in identifying and treating problems early. As a result, it leads to a better life for your pet. Regular check-ups and screenings can also help prevent or delay the onset of age-related diseases.

What to Expect with Senior Pet Care?

Senior pet care may involve more frequent visits to the veterinarian, as well as additional tests and screenings. We might suggest tests like blood work, x-rays, or other diagnostics to check your pet's health and find problems early. We may also suggest changes to your pet's diet or exercise routine to accommodate their changing needs.

In addition to medical care, senior pets may also require more assistance with daily activities. This can include help with grooming, mobility, and even bathroom breaks. As a pet owner, it is crucial to observe any changes in your pet's behavior or abilities. You should provide them with the necessary help and care they require.

Signs of Aging Pets

As pets get older, they may show signs of aging through their behavior and physical changes. These signs can vary depending on the type of pet, but some common signs of aging in pets include:

  • Decreased activity and energy levels
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased stiffness or limping
  • Changes in coat or skin condition
  • Changes in behavior or temperament
  • Increased frequency of accidents or incontinence
  • Cloudy eyes or changes in vision
  • Hearing loss

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is crucial to communicate with us. We can help you determine the cause and develop a strategy to address any age-related issues.

Arthritis in Senior Pets

One of the most common age-related conditions in pets is arthritis. This condition occurs when the cartilage in the joints starts to wear down, causing pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it most commonly affects the hips, knees, elbows, and spine.

A variety of factors, including genetics, injury, and obesity, can cause arthritis. It is more common in larger breeds of dogs and overweight pets. As pets age, their risk of developing arthritis increases, and it can be a major source of pain and discomfort for senior pets.

Therapies for Senior Pet Pain Management

We may prescribe medications to help manage your pet's pain and discomfort. These can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), supplements, and other pain relievers. It's important to follow our instructions carefully when administering these medications to your pet.

Senior Pets and Dental Care

As pets age, their dental health can also decline. This can be due to a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, and lack of proper dental care. Dental disease can cause pain, discomfort, and even lead to more serious health issues in senior pets.

Regularly check your pet's teeth and gums for dental disease signs like bad breath, swollen gums, and tartar buildup. We can also perform a dental exam and recommend a dental cleaning if necessary.

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We are conveniently located in the Marketplace at Lake of the Woods shopping center directly across from the Lake of the Woods front entrance in Locust Grove, VA.

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