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Senior Pets Have Special Needs

Older dogs, cats and other senior patients are very dear to your Veterinarian in Nashville, where we make a sincere effort to give these mature companions the special senior pet care they deserve.

Senior pets are similar to older humans in that it is difficult to predict exactly how quickly the aging process will occur – some seem to age quickly while others remain active and spry well into their senior years. Most veterinarians will refer to a dog as a senior when the animal is about seven years old; cats reach the senior stage at about ten years old. Larger breeds tend to age more quickly than do smaller ones and other environmental factors may also affect the rate at which your pet ages.

Many pets experience age-related problems in their golden years, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive dysfunction (senility)
  • Dental disease

The likelihood of developing one of these diseases increases as your pet ages. Regardless of when your pet actually becomes a senior, you can do a number of things to keep your animal companion healthy and comfortable in his golden years. Senior pet care as provided by your veterinarian in Nashville is a great place to start.

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Veterinarian in Nashville Provides Senior Pet Care

Your veterinarian in Nashville now provides the senior pet care that your pet needs as she ages. We recommend twice-yearly visits for our senior patients, which include comprehensive evaluations and routine laboratory work that can detect and identify problems commonly seen in older pets. Lab work may include a complete blood count, a thyroid test, urinalysis, a fecal exam to detect parasites, and a chemistry panel that checks for diabetes, anemia, kidney and liver disease, among other conditions. Senior dogs receive a glaucoma test while older cats undergo blood pressure testing. In some cases, we recommend x-rays or an ECG test that evaluates your pet’s heart rhythm.

Participation in this Senior Pet Care Program is important to your pet’s health, so we provide the package at a significant cost reduction in comparison to the price of performing each test individually.

Each pet ages differently, so we will create a senior wellness plan specifically for your older pet. We will explore your pet’s diet to be sure it fits your aging companion’s nutritional needs, especially if your pet has any age-related conditions, such as kidney disease, heart disease or arthritis. Our recommendations will always reflect your pet’s needs and your budget.

Senior pet care should also include regular dental checkups, gentle exercise, clean water, good quality food, and protection from environmental extremes and dangers of every kind. If you have an older pet, make an appointment with your veterinarian in Nashville to learn more about the benefits of senior pet care.