Common Health Issues in Older Pets
As your pet gets older, you may find that they require more care than they once did. Different dogs begin exhibiting signs of age at different times in their lives. Larger breeds, like Great Danes, will often begin to show signs of aging much sooner than small dog breeds like chihuahuas. Cats, on the other hand, may not show any signs of aging until they hit their teens. Every pet is different. At All Pets, we specialize in old pet care and treatment. Together, we can help your pet live comfortably even in their twilight years.
Geriatric Pet Heart Issues
Heart disease can occur at any age, but it is much more common in older pets. Heart disease can result from several different medical problems and it can quickly become fatal if not treated properly. Common signs of heart disease include coughing or labored breathing. You may also notice that your pet becomes fatigued easily with regular activities such as walks or simply playing. An early diagnosis gives your pet the best chance of living a longer life with heart disease. It’s important that you bring your pet in to see our geriatric veterinarian at the first signs of any breathing issues or a change in appetite or behavior.
Pet Tumors & Cancer
Tumors are not uncommon in older pets. Tumors located on the surface of your pet’s skin may appear suddenly or grow slowly. In many cases, these tumors are benign and we won’t recommend removing them unless they are causing your pet discomfort. However, there are cases where tumors can be cancerous which requires additional surgery or treatments. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, rest assured that they are in good hands with our skilled veterinary professionals. At our geriatric animal hospital, we are well-versed in all of the most advanced veterinary cancer treatments. Upon receiving your pet’s diagnosis, our veterinarian will take the time to explain all of your pet’s treatment options to help you make an informed decision.
Pet Dental Issues
Dental hygiene is not unique to old animal care. In fact, the best way to avoid problems later in life is to ensure that your pet’s teeth are well-maintained from a young age. Left untreated, dental disease can be a huge problem for older pets. Not only can tooth decay become so bad that your pet will lose their teeth, but dental disease can also cause a slew of other health problems in your pet. Some of these problems include heart disease, kidney failure, and arthritis. In addition, dental disease can make eating extremely painful for your pet, which can cause them to drop weight at an unsafe rate. If it’s been a while since your pet’s last dental exam, schedule an appointment at our geriatric animal clinic for a thorough exam and cleaning.
Pet Arthritis & Mobility Issues
Arthritis and mobility issues are very common in older pets, especially large dogs. Over time, you may notice your pet slowing down or even limping from time to time. Thankfully, there are many things we can do to help a pet suffering from arthritis. Medications and natural supplements can do wonders from decreasing pain and inflammation in pets with arthritis.
Helping Your Pet Live a Long and Healthy Life
Just because your pet is getting older, doesn’t mean they can continue to live a full and happy life. Our team of compassionate veterinary professionals can help you create an old dog care or old cat care plan that is tailored to your aging pet’s particular needs. Whether it’s a change in diet, medication, or a new exercise regimen, we can give you the knowledge and tools you need to make sure your senior pet enjoys the later years of their life. If it’s been a while since your senior pet had a exam, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Regular preventative care is the best way to add additional healthy years to your pet’s life.