Just like they do with people, senior animals’ medical needs change over time. Because pets age at nearly seven times the rate humans do, they are considered senior pets once they reach age seven or eight. As your cat or dog gets older, they require different nutrition programs and exercise routines, and they become more susceptible to a variety of diseases.
Common age-related diseases we treat and manage at Santa Clarita Animal Hospital include:
- Kidney and liver disease
- Intestinal disorders
- Joint and bone disease
- Breast and testicular cancer
- Cognitive difficulties
Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Routine veterinary visits are the best way for our veterinarians to establish a pet’s baseline health and allow us to identify and treat problems early on. The ASPCA recommends twice-annual exams for older pets so we can ensure pets are aging normally.
Santa Clarita Animal Hospital’s veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Help your pet maintain a comfortable life by adjusting feeding and exercise as needed.
We are always available to answer questions you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment at Santa Clarita Animal Hospital to learn more about how we can help your senior pet live their longest, healthiest life possible with you.