Senior pets require special care in order to maintain good health throughout their golden years. At Animal Hospital of Onslow County in Jacksonville NC, we help pet owners take care of their senior pets. By teaching senior pet owners which conditions their pets are most likely to contract and how to administer care to their senior pets, we can help improve the quality of life of older pets in our area.
What can pet owners do to care for their senior pets?
There are many things you can do for your senior pet in Jacksonville NC.
- Feed your pet food formulated for older animals. Pet foods that are formulated for older pets have less protein and call for smaller portions. These pet foods can help you manage your pet's weight and can help protect your pet from conditions like diabetes.
- Make accommodations at home to ensure your pet's comfort. Your pet may develop a condition like arthritis in his or her old age. This may make it difficult to go up and down stairs, climb into bed and perform other maneuvers that were once easy. You may need to install a ramp, buy a lower bed or make other accommodations that will help your pet enjoy good quality of life at the home.
- Take your pet to the veterinarian on a regular basis. Younger pets typically see the veterinarian on an annual basis, but older pets may need to see the vet every 6 months. Your pet's veterinarian will let you know when your pet has reached this point.
What kind of veterinary care do senior pets require?
Senior pets need preventative care to help them stay healthy. At Animal Hospital of Onslow County, we use the following techniques and treatments to help senior pets:
- Dental care. We'll examine your pet's teeth, clean the plaque, fill cavities and perform extractions as required. This helps your pet maintain good oral hygiene.
- Wellness exams. During our wellness exams, we'll check your pet's mouth, eyes, ears, coat, skin, breathing and heart rate. We'll also check your pet's feces and blood. Our wellness exams help us catch illnesses and diseases in their early stages, so your pet can get the care he or she needs in a timely manner.
- Vaccinations. Vaccinations can boost your senior pet's immunity and help prevent your pet from contracting deadly diseases.
What are signs of ill health in senior pets?
Senior pets are at risk to contract a variety of diseases, from cancer to diabetes. Watch for the following warning signs:
- Lumps and bumps beneath the skin.
- Inability to eat or loss of appetite.
- Sudden weight loss.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Increased urination.
If your cat or dog is reaching old age, contact your pet's veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Onslow County. We'll be happy to give your pet a wellness examination and make recommendations for treatment as needed. Contact us at (910) 353-1722 today.