Geriatric Care

Geriatric Care

The average dog or cat is considered a “senior” around 7 to 10 years of age. As pets age there is a progressive decline in organ function, immunity, and physical and mental abilities. Many ailments that affect aging humans can also plague our pets. While some age-related diseases may not be preventable, early detection and intervention is the key to successful management.

It is common to assume certain changes in behavior are a normal part of the aging process; however, they may indicate underlying disease. If you notice any of these signs, please make an appointment and have your pet evaluated.

Change in appetite or weight loss/gainDiarrhea or constipationUrination or defecation in the houseIncreased thirstIncreased urine frequency, volume, straining, etc.Difficulty rising, walking, or climbing stairsConfusion, disorientation, anxiety, or changes in sleep patternsPersistent coughNew lumps or bumps

Our knowledgeable staff is trained in the most up to date treatment and management of chronic conditions including: osteoarthritis, chronic renal failure, diabetes, neoplasia/cancer, Cushing’s Disease/hyperadrenocorticism, cognitive dysfunction/senility, and urinary incontinence to name a few.