Caring For Your Senior Pet
Senior pet care requires a few adjustments to your pet’s diet and lifestyle to provide the best for your geriatric pet. Our team at Concord Veterinary Clinic provides quality veterinary care for pets in and around Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, and Concord.
When Is My Pet Old?
Even though modern pet healthcare has increased the life span of many cats and dogs, their lifespan is still relatively short. For cats and small dogs, they are considered seniors at 7 years old according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Larger breeds of dogs are considered geriatric at 6 years old.
With most pets, the normal routine pet care involves an annual exam. When your pet becomes senior, that changes. Senior pet care involves semiannual visits. This allows our veterinarian to diagnose and treat any problems that might develop in the early stages. As your pet gets older, the routine exam becomes more detailed and includes dental care, blood work, and various tests for common geriatric pet health issues.
Much like people, the needs of a geriatric pet are different from younger pets. Your pet’s digestive system may require food that is easier to digest. Senior pets have different nutritional needs as well, so getting food specifically designed for senior pets is the best course of action.
Exercise and Weight Control
You may find that as your pet ages, it may no longer want to exercise. This can lead to weight gain which leads to a whole slew of other issues including joint problems. It is up to you to make exercise enjoyable for your pet. Do not expect your pet to take long walks. Keep the walks short and make sure they are not overly strenuous. Keep weather conditions in mind. Play new games with your cat to keep it interested. This works with senior dogs as well.
Dementia can be a serious issue with senior pets. If your dog or cat seems anxious, wanders around the house making noises, and just will not settle down, talk with our veterinarian about treatment options to help keep your pet calm. Supplements, medication, and a tight-fitting piece of pet clothing can help. Keeping your pet’s routine as similar as possible also to helps older pets.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Concord, CA
If you live in or around Concord, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, or Clayton, our team at Concord Veterinary Clinic is here to help your senior pet. Call our team today at (925) 338-2375 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form