Geriatric Care for Pets
Our veterinarians in Bedford offer comprehensive geriatric care for senior cats and dogs to help them stay healthy and feel comfortable in their old age.
Care for Senior Pets
In their golden years, our senior pets require routine preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis. With diligent care, we may be able to help extend your pet's life and good health as they age. It's important that we see them for routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team is here to help. By identifying emerging health issues and offering proactive treatment early, we can still easily and effectively manage any problems.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
While your pet may seem young and energetic, you may be surprised to learn that they have already reached their senior years. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are usually considered seniors around the age of 7.
Larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, so would be considered seniors by the time they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Better veterinary care and improved dietary options have our companion cats and dogs living far longer today than they have in the past.
While this is certainly an achievement to be celebrated, pet parents and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they have in the past.
Typically, senior pets are prone to these conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Our vets will thoroughly examine your senior pet, ask about their home life in detail and perform any tests that may be required to receive additional insight into his or her general physical health and condition.
Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that can potentially include medications, activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being and comfort.
Preventive care is essential to helping your senior pet live a health, happy and fulfilled life. It also gives our veterinarians the opportunity to detect diseases early.
Early detection of disease will help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch emerging health issues before they develop into long-term problems.
With regular physical examinations, your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health.