Hickory Grove Animal Hospital Offers Senior Pet Care
After the age of 7 years, dogs are generally considered to be in their "senior" years. For cats, the age of being senior is usually considered around age 11. These pets may show many of the same signs of aging that people do, such as difficulty with movement, weight issues, and dental problems. Pet owners should provide a bit more extra care for their senior pets to help keep them physically comfortable and mentally alert. At Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC, we provide the special care that senior pets need.
Senior Dog Care
Regular veterinary visits are an important part of senior dog care. Your vet can provide a thorough physical exam, check body condition, and do blood tests to ensure good function of internal organs. If a health problem is detected, the vet can provide medications and therapies to help. Senior dogs may have osteoarthritis in their joints, which can make movement more difficult. However, it is still important for older animals to get regular, gentle exercise to maintain mobility and manage their weight. Feeding your dog a high quality pet food will provide the nutrients necessary for good health. Supplements can improve comfortable movement and good brain function. You can also make sure your older dog has soft bedding for sleeping and food puzzles to help maintain brain function.
Senior Cat Care
Your veterinarian will monitor your senior cat’s weight and general condition during regular visits. Older cats may have problems with digestion, so feeding the right diet can be particularly important. Senior cats may also develop kidney problems, which may require a special diet. Blood tests can help detect kidney problems so appropriate treatment can be provided. Older animals often develop dental problems, which make feeding more difficult. Cats can have osteoarthritis, which can slow them down and make movement uncomfortable. Your vet can help with medications and supplements to keep your cat's joints pain free. Toys and food puzzles will help to keep your cat mentally alert and physically engaged.
Make Hickory Grove Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian for Senior Pet Care
Dr. Huskey and our team at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital are committed to providing the best possible care for all our patients in Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding areas. We offer many services for pets, including exams, vaccinations, surgery, dental care, microchipping, preventative care, grooming, and boarding. We can also help your pet in an emergency. Call Hickory Grove Animal Hospital today at 704-563-5858 for an appointment to have your senior pet examined and to learn the best veterinary methods of caring for older pets’ needs.