Akron Animal Clinic Provides Senior Pet Care
Aging is a fact of life, with people and their pets. Dogs are considered to be “older" when they reach the age of 6 to 10 years old, depending on the breed. Cats are considered “senior” around the age of 8 to 12 years old. At this age, your pet may begin to show signs of slowing down or may begin to develop health issues. At Akron Animal Clinic in Akron, OH, our veterinarians understand the special veterinary care needed to ensure the health and quality of life for senior pets.
Senior Pets Need Special Care
Pets experience aging much as people do. They may begin to slow down, have weight problems or develop health problems that affect everyday functions. Hearing and vision may also diminish. Pet owners can maximize the health of their pets by paying particular attention to daily care and periodic veterinary attention.
Health Problems of Senior Pets
It’s not uncommon for older cats and dogs to develop osteoarthritis which is a wearing down of the structures within the joints that causes pain and problems with mobility. Tooth problems can also develop in the senior years. You may notice your pet doesn’t respond to your calls, due to hearing impairment or may not be able to locate toys and treats because of vision problems. Gastrointestinal functions may slow, with more frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation.
What You Can Do To Help Your Pet in the Senior Years
Your older pet may need a change in diet to accommodate a more sensitive gastrointestinal system. Pets with orthopedic problems may require a slower, less active exercise routine and more cushioning on their bedding to protect tender joints. Older pets with hearing problems may need to learn visual signals to help it understand commands. You can help senior pets with vision problems by avoiding changes in the setup of the environment and by staying close-at-hand when the pet is outdoors or in unfamiliar situations. Stimulating toys and experiences will help to maintain your older pet’s cognitive functions. More frequent visits to the vet for checkups can also help your pet to live a longer and more satisfying life.
Make Akron Animal Clinic Your Veterinarian For Senior Pet Care
The staff at Akron Animal Clinic is dedicated to ensuring the health of their patients. Our veterinary hospital offers a broad range of services for pets, including vaccinations, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, preventative care, and laser therapy. Call Akron Animal Clinic today at 330-836-0437 for an appointment to learn about the best ways to care for your pet during the senior years.