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Older Dogs & Cats Need Special Senior Pet Care

A senior dog relaxes in Rocky Point NY

As your pet ages, the bond between the two of you strengthens. When your pet attains “senior” status, his or her health can change rapidly. Some changes may be obvious, such as increased sensitivity to noise or vision loss. Other changes that occur later in life are more subtle, yet they can be significant.

Early detection of problems in your senior pet can only be accomplished through regular examinations and screening tests. Rocky Point Animal Hospital recommends that senior pets be seen twice yearly, so that we can detect age-related changes before they become more serious health issues. This care is designed to provide you and your pet with the best possible quality of life during the senior years.

Your Pet Friend Deserves a Long, Healthy Life

With continuing improvements in veterinary care, we can do much more to ensure that your best friend can remain with you longer. At your pet’s twice-yearly wellness examinations, in addition to our gentle hands-on exam, we will screen for:

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney and liver function
  • Heart disease
  • Dental problems and disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hypertension

Just as we do with younger pets, modern diagnostic tools are used so that we can make an accurate diagnosis. Early detection of disease is always preferred because that gives us a better opportunity for successful treatment. We may use:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays

Treatments for Pet Arthritis

There are many new medications and dietary supplements available to help improve your pet’s quality of life. These help us to lessen the effects of arthritis and relieve pain. Exercise helps keep your pet in good condition and helps him or her to have better mobility. We will make sure you have the information you need to take preventive steps to help keep your pet healthy and happy.

Pain Relief for Senior Pets

As your pet ages, joint pain and arthritis may make him or her seem slower and less able to do the things he or she loves. We can help with appropriate ongoing pain relief medications to help relieve pain and even improve mobility. Dietary supplements can help both cats and dogs.

If your pet is diagnosed with arthritis or cancer, ensuring that he or she is comfortable is a high priority. The multi-modal approach, using several different types of pain relief medicine, means that we can give the lowest effective dose of medication to keep your pet comfortable and more relaxed.