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Senior Pet Care

 

Your South Wilton veterinary professional gives your senior pets the finest care possible, with a comprehensive program to address the needs of aging animal companions. While every size, breed, and pet type ages differently, pets identified as senior should be seen at least twice annually for wellness checks.


At these visits, the senior pet protocol includes a thorough physical exam to determine overall health, including physical condition, weight, mobility, and any changes that might indicate the onset of age-related disorders or diseases. The pet owner's contribution is invaluable to this process; as the primary caregiver, you will be able to inform us of changes in behavior, habits, or appearance that may indicate developing problems. This early detection process is key to addressing conditions before they become major or life-threatening issues.

 

Senior Pet Lab Work

Laboratory testing is critical to assessing the health status of your pet. Once determined, any subtle changes discovered during the wellness visits may be early indicators of underlying disease.
Tests recommended for senior pets may include the following:

 

  • Complete blood count: Measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a given sample of blood.
  • Urinalysis: Detects the presence of one or more specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood.
  • Blood chemistry panel: Measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements and helps determine how organs such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver are functioning.
  • Parasite evaluation: Microscopic examination of feces provides information about many different kinds of diseases as well as confirms the presence of intestinal parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, and Giardia.


Once we evaluate these tests, a plan for vaccinations and parasite prevention or treatment will be tailored to the exact needs of your pet. Any additional age-related needs are addressed with you prior to setting treatment goals as we explain all the options and review every recommendation for your pet's health and well-being.

 

Senior Pet Nutrition & Exercise

Senior pets experience many changes that include the need for adjustments to the diet and daily activity. Mobility issues such as arthritis can alter previously successful exercise routines, as may sensory changes such as vision or hearing loss. A change in the ability to taste or smell may prevent your pet from enjoying favorite foods, resulting in weight loss and gradually deteriorating condition.


Regular attention to this area of your pet's life helps us to enhance both current well-being and quality of life in the future. Learn more about pet nutrition at South Wilton Veterinary Group.


The American Animal Hospital Association offers these guidelines for senior pet care.