Pet health needs change as the body ages, and Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care’s staff and veterinarians are here to help you adjust and provide an environment and health care plan that will keep your pet as fully involved in the family activities as possible.
Dogs are considered seniors when they are about seven years old and cats are seniors at eight years old. For a dog or cat, six months is the equivalent of several human years and, in the senior years, health changes can occur very quickly.
More frequent health exams are one of the ways in which the veterinarians of Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care can quickly identify any changes in body functioning that could be a precursor to disease. The sooner we can diagnose a condition, the easier it is to restore normal functioning and health to your pet. Our doctors recommend that senior pets be seen every six months.
At home, pet owners can watch for changes in their pets and alert our veterinarians to any behaviors that may be of concern. Some changes to watch for include:
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in bowels
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Difficulty moving
- Changes in how they pick up and chew food
- Changes in fur texture or condition
- Increased irritability
- Decreased energy
We also carry a number of different pet nutritional supplements including:
- Joint supplements
- Fish oils
- Supplements for healthy eyes
- Supplements for healthy coat
- Digestive supplements