Caring Support for Senior Dogs & Cats

senior pets

Our pets become dearer to us as the years pass. At Warm Springs Animal Hospital, we treasure your senior companions and help keep them healthy and happy through their golden years.

Senior Wellness Exams

Scheduling regular veterinary exams is essential to caring for an aging pet. These exams help us detect problems early, delaying the onset or progress of diseases. Early detection means treating diseases and conditions before they become serious and debilitating.

AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.

Laboratory Testing for Early Detection

AAHA recommends laboratory tests at least annually, and every six months for healthy senior pets. The following tests may be recommended:

  • Complete blood count
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood chemistry panel
  • Parasite evaluation

An additional blood test may be recommended for feline hyperthyroidism, a common ailment in senior cats.

Other possible tests and assessments for senior pets include those for heartworm, feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus, blood pressure, urine protein, cultures, and eye problems. Imaging, such as X-rays, ultrasound, and echocardiography, as well as electrocardiography, may also be recommended. Additional tests become especially important in evaluating sick pets or those preparing for anesthesia and surgery.

Nutritional Help for Senior Pets

Nutrition is an important part of keeping older dogs and cats healthy. Our veterinarians will provide you with an appropriate diet plan for your senior pet, including high quality pet foods and treats.

Visit the Hills website to find nutritional information for your senior dogs and mature cats.

Behavior Changes

The first clue in detecting age-related illnesses and conditions is your pet’s behavior. Changes in eating, sleeping, or activity may often signal the development of a health problem. At every six-month exam, we discuss those changes and create a plan to address any concerns.

Comfort for Every Companion

Pain management may be indicated for many age-related conditions or diseases, from arthritis to cancer. We provide medical and alternative pain management options, including therapeutic laser treatments.

Our team is dedicated to the comfort and mobility of your pet. And, when the time comes, we offer services to make your companion’s end of life a peaceful and respectful experience.

Contact our veterinarians to discuss the health and comfort of your senior pet.