Senior Dog Care
At our hospitals, we strongly support twice yearly examinations for senior pets. We love providing senior dogs with the care and support they need to age gracefully and comfortably. We understand that the experience of caring for older dogs can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers. We truly are dog people at heart. We love to lend insight and guidance into caring for older dogs. The more we interact with them, the more we can keep up with their changes
Many physiological changes occur during the aging process with your dog.
- Reduced hearing
- Changes in eyesight
- Arthritis and muscle mass loss
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Cardiac and kidney disease
- And more
Some or all of these symptoms may not become noticeable until your dog is very old. Our veterinarians are skilled at detecting subtle changes in your dog's body that can easily go unnoticed. Early detection can help prevent the progression of diseases and minimize the suffering of a senior dog.
Schedule Regular Veterinarian Visits For Senior Dogs, Preferably Twice Yearly
Because many of these conditions will develop gradually, it can be difficult to notice the changes occurring. During the senior wellness exam, our doctors and staff will ask questions that specifically target medical issues common to senior dogs. Working collaboratively with you, we will develop a great plan to ensure optimal health for your dog.
It is important to remember that the aging process is accelerated in dogs. Therefore, we recommend seeing all senior dogs at least twice a year.
Senior dog care visits provide an opportunity to discuss the well-being of your dog as he or she ages. This includes:
- Daily schedule
- Sleep patterns
- Family interactions
- Exercise and changes in movement
Dental Care For Senior Dogs
Dental disease is especially common in senior dogs because it progresses gradually and can easily go unnoticed. Senior dogs simply adapt to living with discomfort. Adapting to discomfort doesn't mean that they are not in pain. As in humans, dental issues can be very painful for dogs. Unfortunately for your dog, they are not able to express themselves to you in a way that will help you understand.
It is our goal to diagnose and treat all dental disease in senior pets and allow them to live comfortably in their senior years. Some senior pets will have other illnesses that will affect the course of treatment. We will work together with you to determine the safest and best outcome for your dog.
As a dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic team of dog people, we love seeing wagging tails, feeling cold noses, and hearing about how our senior dog services have bettered the lives of our elderly dog patients. Our veterinary staff loves caring for older dogs and is committed to the health, wellness, and happiness of your elderly dog. We have been here for many aging dogs and their owners over the years, and we will be here for you and yours each and every step of the way.