Senior Pet Care:

Join Our “Grand Paws” Program

Senior dog

Pets age much more rapidly than people do. The rate at which they age will be influenced by many factors, including the species, breed, and size of the pet. For example, larger dogs tend to age much quicker than their smaller canine counterparts.

So how do you know when your pet has reached senior status? Generally, pets are considered to be seniors once they turn 7. It’s at this time that appropriate preventive care becomes key, as changes in your pet’s health can quickly escalate into something more serious.

Protecting Your Pet’s Health

As pets grow older, they often face many of the same conditions that human seniors do. From dental disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure, to diabetes, and liver and kidney disease.

The best way to keep your senior pet healthy is to ensure that he or she has regular pet wellness check-ups, keeps active, and has an appropriate senior diet. In order to assist you with these steps, Town & Country Animal Hospital has created a Grand Paws program. Once enrolled, owners of senior pet will receive a 10% discount off the cost of each semi-annual routine wellness exam. It’s our way of honoring our special senior patients and the people who love them.

We also offer another service that may be helpful. If your senior pet is unable to come to our hospital, we may be able to bring veterinary care to you through our mobile vet clinic. This service is available by appointment only for those clients who live within a 20-mile radius of Town & Country Animal Hospital or our sister clinic, Columbia Pike Animal Hospital.

Veterinary Care for Seniors

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that senior pets have wellness exams every 6 months. When you bring your pet in for these appointments, please feel free to bring a fresh urine and stool sample.

Once you arrive, you will be asked to fill out a symptoms checklist for your cat or dog. This will help our veterinarians to learn about any noteworthy changes that may have taken place since your last visit. We will then conduct a thorough physical, examining your pet from nose to tail.

Our veterinarians also will perform fecal and blood tests. These will enable us to screen for intestinal parasites and heartworms, as well as monitor your pet’s organ functions. If your cat or dog is taking prescription pet medications, additional blood work may be required to monitor their effects more closely.

Should pet vaccinations be due, we will administer them at this time. We also will take this opportunity to inquire about any recent lifestyle changes that may necessitate additional cat or dog vaccines to protect your pet from communicable diseases. In addition, our veterinarians will review your pet’s current flea, tick, and heartworm preventive routine to ensure that he or she is appropriately protected from these dangerous parasites.

Pet dental care is especially important for older pets, as they are prone to oral disease. Our veterinarians will conduct a careful exam of your senior pet’s mouth and recommend a cat or dog teeth cleaning when necessary. We also will discuss steps you can take at home to help maintain your pet’s good oral health.

Just as with humans, your pet’s caloric and nutritional needs will change with age. Pet obesity is a serious problem in the United States, and it can lead to heart and joint conditions, as well as diabetes. Our veterinarians are happy to provide pet nutrition counseling to ensure that your furry family member is receiving the nutrients he or she needs.

Advanced Veterinary Care

Sometimes senior pets develop serious health conditions and require more specialized care. Our veterinarians are highly trained in all areas of veterinary internal medicine—including cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology, and endocrinology—as well as soft-tissue and advanced orthopedic surgical procedures.

We also offer an array of pet pain management solutions to assist those patients facing cat or dog arthritis, hip dysplasia, and joint injuries.

We know your pet is a very important member of your family. We will do everything we can to ensure that you have many more happy and healthy years together.

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