Senior Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens. The medical staff at PetCare Animal Hospital works with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her “golden years.”

Pets age faster than people and pets are considered to be “seniors” around the age of seven. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition may not be readily apparent in older pets. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of “old age” could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend that all senior pets undergo physical examinations every six months. During an examination, we may also perform a number of routine blood tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, heartworm infection, diabetes and other health problems. Radiographs and a urinalysis may also be performed in order to detect chronic or underlying medical conditions. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can prevent much larger problems in your pet down the road.

Discounted senior and geriatric pet care packages are available and include a comprehensive examination, serum chemistry analysis, complete urinalysis and survey radiographs. Call the hospital today to arrange an appointment for your senior pet.