Just like they do with people, the medical needs of senior pets change over time. As your cat or dog gets older, they require different nutrition programs and exercise routines to stay healthy, and they become prone to a variety of new diseases.
Common age-related diseases we treat at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center:
- Kidney and liver disease
- Intestinal disorders
- Joint and bone disease
- Breast and testicular cancer
- Cognitive difficulties
It is important to consider changes to our pets’ health throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult as pets get older. Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center must often adjust diagnoses and treatment based on a pet patient’s age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits with your Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center veterinarian are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on.
It’s important to keep up with wellness exams as pets enter old age. The ASPCA recommends biannual exams for senior pets. These visits allow your Bear Valley veterinarian to establish a baseline for your pet’s health. That way we can tell, over time, when bodily processes are changing.
We provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Keep up on information about feeding and exercise changes to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment to discover the many ways Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center can help your senior pet!