Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center Offers Senior Pet Care
Like people, pets develop health issues related to aging. When dogs reach the age of 7 to 10, they may show signs of slowing down and symptoms of health problems that need veterinary attention. Cats, too, may become less active, generally around the age of 10 to 15, and may need extra care. At Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center in Laguna Niguel, CA, we understand the senior pets need special care and attention.
Conditions Often Seen in Senior Pets
When animals reach their senior years, many develop a number of conditions that need special care. Digestion may slow down, and they may have more gastrointestinal upsets or constipation. Osteoarthritis may affect joints, causing pain and difficulty with movement. Heart, liver, or kidney disorders may occur. Diabetes and urinary tract problems may develop. Cancer may also affect older animals. Mental decline can also affect animals in their later years.
Good Veterinary Care Helps Animals Live Longer with Better Quality of Life
Your veterinarian can help provide the care your senior pet needs to stay healthy, active, and engaged. A thorough physical exam can find small problems that may become more serious issues. Blood tests can find problems in the function of internal organs. A wide variety of medications and therapies are available for pets that can help manage illnesses and allow better quality of life at every age.
Help Your Pet Make the Most of the Senior Years
Pet owners can help their senior pets enjoy better health by implementing a few extra care measures. Ensure your pet has comfortable bedding well out of drafts. Provide food that contains the appropriate nutrients for the animal’s age group and is easy to digest. Continue to provide exercise appropriate to your pet’s abilities. Provide mental stimulation with toys and new experiences. Monitor your senior pet closely for physical changes and changes in behavior. Take your pet into the veterinarian for regular exams to help maintain general health.
Choose Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center for Senior Pet Care
Dr. Christina Haney and our team at Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center are dedicated to providing quality care for all their patients, in Laguna Niguel, CA, and the surrounding areas. We offer a broad range of veterinary care, including examinations, surgery, preventative care, dental care, laser therapy, acupuncture, and emergency care. Call Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center today at 949-388-8499 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about the ways we can help senior pets live longer, more active lives.