Small dogs generally live longer than large dogs and cats generally outlive them all, so determining whether or not your pet is a senior can be tricky. At Kindness Small Animal Hospital we want to help you determine which age level your pet falls into and then work with you to develop an appropriate health care plan.
Should your pet begin to exhibit signs or symptoms of sleeping more, drinking more or less, eating more or less, becoming more vocal, losing their “housetraining”, wandering or pacing, please call and schedule an appointment with us. We can discuss your pet’s aging process with you and determine ways to help slow it down.
At Kindness Small Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s pain management seriously. We never want your pet to suffer unduly. We look at each patient individually and develop a multimodal approach to best relieve your pet’s pain. This could include weight management, neutraceuticals, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.
Scheduling regular exams for your senior pet is very important and will ensure your pet remains in good health. Getting laboratory testing done in your pet’s younger years will allow the doctor to compare healthy baseline values with those of the senior years. Subtle changes in these laboratory test results could signal the presence of an underlying disease.
At Kindness Small Animal Hospital, we recommend the following laboratory tests one to two times a year for senior pets:
- Urinalysis — reveals possible urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration and kidney problems
- Complete Blood Count — reveals possible anemia, infections and leukemia
- Blood Chemistry Panel — helps to determine how the kidneys, pancreas and liver are functioning
- Fecal Analysis — looks for intestinal parasitism and reveals possible digestive issues
Kindness Small Animal Hospital cares about the health of your pet. We will work hard to keep your pet healthy and happy and a functioning part of your family.