Senior Pets

Dogs and cats are considered seniors after 7 years of age. As our pets age, they can encounter many of the same medical conditions that we as humans encounter.

Some of these conditions can include arthritis, diabetes and organ failure. Keep in mind that every year your pet ages is equivalent to 5-7 human years and medical conditions change more quickly as the animal ages because of the difference in years.

 

Taking care of our pets as they age is a little different than when they are younger so here are some of our recommendations for your Senior Pet:

  • Bi-annual Physical Examinations

  • Annual Blood Work

  • Annual Urinalysis

  • Chest Radiographs

  • Annual Parasitic Examination

  • Annual Heartworm Testing

  • Annual Vaccinations

There are many things that you as a pet owner can do at home for your senior pets.

Catching things early are essential for your pet's best health. 

 

 

  • Monitor food and water intake. Always ensure that your pet has fresh food and water daily.

  • Monitor bowel movements and urination. You will want to watch for any change in color and consistency.

  • Make sure that they are going without any issues.

  • Watch your pet closely for any signs of lameness or stiffness. Arthritis is something that can appear early in some dogs and cats. There are medications available to help manage this!

  • Watch for any weight changes. Certain medical conditions can cause weight gain or loss.

  • Regular exercise is recommended for your senior pet. It will help stimulate their mind and keep their body strong. Laying around will cause their body to deteriorate quicker.

  • Play with and train your pet so that their senses stay sharp! You can use training from when your pet was younger so that you can stimulate their mind and possibly teach them new tricks! Playing fetch, hide and seek and keeping toys outside will keep them fit and help with their eyesight.

  • As your pet ages their nutritional needs change - they should be switched to a senior pet food.

  • Let the Doctor know if there are any changes in behavior or attitude.

Contact

5019 W. SR. 47

Thorntown, IN 46071

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Tel: 765-436-2323

Fax: 855-406-5229

thorntownvetclinic@gmail.com

Hours: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday 

7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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