Our Orlando veterinarians provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior cats and dogs to help keep your pet feeling healthy and comfortable in their old age.
Geriatric Care for Senior Pets
Senior cats and dogs need routine preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis of conditions in their golden years. Diligent care can help extend your pet's life and good health as they get older, so it's important that they attend regularly scheduled wellness exams, even if they seem healthy.
At East Orlando Animal Hospital our experienced veterinarians can help your geriatric pet stay healthier, longer. Our goal is to identify emerging health issues in older pets and offer proactive treatment early, while we can still effectively and easily manage any problems.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
Although your pet may seem young and spry, you might be surprised to learn that they are already a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are typically considered seniors when they reach about 7 years of age.
Larger breed dogs generally have shorter life spans, so are considered to be seniors when they are about 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems in Aging Pets
Thanks to improved dietary options and better veterinary care, companion cats and dogs are living far longer today than they ever have in the past.
While this is certainly something to be celebrated, pet owners and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past as well.
Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Joint Disorders
- Hearing loss
- Bone disorders
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Our veterinarians will thoroughly examine your senior pet at part of their geriatric veterinary care, ask about their home life in detail and perform any tests that may be required to receive additional insight into your animal's general physical health and condition.
Following a full assessment, we'll recommend a treatment plan that could potentially include medications, or activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's comfort, health, and well-being.
Routine Wellness Exams
Preventive care is the key to helping your senior pet live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life. It also gives our veterinarians the opportunity to detect and treat conditions early.
Early detection of disease can help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch emerging health problems before they develop into long-term issues.
Geriatric dog or cat care includes regular wellness exams, so that your veterinarian can help give your pet their best chance at quality long-term health.