Our Charlotte veterinarians provide geriatric care to help provide senior cats and dogs with a healthier, more comfortable old age.
Geriatric Care for Cats & Dogs
Just like humans, pets become more susceptible to certain illnesses and disorders as they age.
Prevention and early diagnosis can extend your pet's life and general wellbeing. This is why it’s important to bring your pet to regularly scheduled physical exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our veterinarians know what to look for, and may be able to spot health problems early on, while they are more easily managed.
When Does an Animal Become Old?
While it varies, small dogs and cats are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7.
Larger breed dogs, which tend to have shorter life spans, are considered geriatric when they reach 6 years of age.
Common Health Problems In Senior Pets
As a result of improvements in veterinary care and dietary habits, cats and dogs today are living longer than ever before.
While this is generally a good thing, pets, their owners and veterinarians are now faced with far more age-related conditions.
Geriatric pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Blindness and hearing loss
- Liver disease
- Joint or bone diseases
Veterinary Care for Seniors
As your veterinary team, it's our job to diagnose your pet's health problems and develop a plan of action and treatment to keep them happy, comfortable and healthy into their golden years.
We will carefully examine your pet, ask detailed questions about how they are behaving at home, and perform tests for further insight into their internal systems.
Based on our findings, we'll recommend activities, medications, and dietary changes to improve your senior pet’s health and wellbeing.
Routine Physical Exams
Preventative care and early detection of disease are the keys to a healthy old age for your pet.
Regular physical exams give your senior pet the best chance at good long-term health.