Senior Pet Care
How your pet's needs change.
Advances in veterinary medicine have made it possible for pets of all kinds to live long, healthy lives. However, when they become seniors, they require extra attention and medical care which is why it’s important to understand how their needs change as they age.
Generally speaking, cats and dogs are considered seniors at 11-years-old and 7-years-old, respectively. When your pet becomes a senior, they’ll need regular physical exams, vaccines, lab work, and dental care. Through diagnostic testing, such as complete blood counts, urinalyses, and fecal tests, we can detect diseases that commonly affect older pets.
Some conditions that typically affect senior pets include:
- Thyroid imbalances
- Behavioral changes
- Mobility issues
- Kidney, heart, and liver disease
- Tumors and cancer
Luckily, many age-related health conditions can be prevented or managed via medication and/or treatment. Our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy well into their golden years and we can do that by addressing their needs on an individual basis.
All Colorado Springs pets are special to us, but at High Plains Veterinary Hospital we are dedicated to you having the most quality time possible with your best friend. To achieve that goal, we offer a senior program based on prevention and early monitoring that will detect problems in their beginning stages.
Our Senior Wellness Program Includes:
- Complete Blood Count
- Chemistry Profile
- Thyroid Testing
- Cancer Screening through Radiographs
If you have questions about how often we should see your senior pet or you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (719) 574-8920.