Senior Pet Care: A Different Approach for Our Older Friends

As we get older, most of us will begin to develop medical problems and health challenges that require extra attention. Our pets are no different. Like us, they are constantly aging—and at a pace much faster than what humans experience. In fact, one year in a dog or cat’s life is like seven years in a human’s life.

Recognizing this reality, we recommend that older animals receive a checkup twice a year with appropriate blood work and diagnostics for common, rapid-onset conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. We also can perform extra diagnostics, such as a blood pressure check, urinalysis, or X-ray studies, if needed to evaluate the condition and assess the overall status of your pet’s internal organs and systems. As animals age, we also watch out for conditions such as arthritis and can make recommendations to improve your pet’s comfort. In some cases, we can even recommend a physical therapist or acupuncturist with whom we have worked regularly. These services often provide many benefits for animals with this challenge.

The combination of regular physical examinations, preventive medication, and diagnostic tests can help provide early warning of medical problems in senior animals. Working together with you, Crestwood Animal Hospital strives to ensure the longest and healthiest life possible for your senior animal friend.