Senior Pet Health Check


At Palmerstown veterinary hospital, we are committed to keeping your pets healthy and active well into their golden years. As your pets age, they need special senior pet health care. By monitoring your pet’s health, our veterinarians proactively work to manage age-related conditions before your pet’s well-being is seriously compromised.

The age at which our veterinarians considers your pet to be a “senior” varies. Smaller dogs typically live longer than larger dogs, so a small dog may not require senior care until 11 to 12 years of age. In contrast, a larger dog may need senior care starting at eight to nine years of age. With proper care, cats can live between 15 to 20 years. Senior cat care typically begins around 10 years of age.



As your pet ages, you may notice that your pet is less responsive. Your pet’s senses may begin to dull, including hearing, smell and sight. You may also notice that your pet is not as fast as he once was. Due to arthritis or joint problems, it can be painful for your pet to jump into a car, walk up a flight of stairs, or even play fetch. What you cannot see, however, are the internal changes happening inside your pet’s body. This is why annual exams are an important part of senior pet health care.

Senior diagnostic tests are more in-depth than the tests we normal conduct on younger pets. Our vet recommends a blood chemistry panel and urinalysis. Since thyroid disorders are common in cats, we recommend thyroid testing for our feline patients. These tests give us an important snapshot of your pet’s internal health and provide a baseline for future comparison. Our vet can track health changes and proactively diagnose potential health problems. The earlier we identify a problem, the more options we have for treatment.

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As pets age, their dietary needs also change. For example, the risk for a thyroid or kidney problem is very high in older cats. Dietary changes can also improve the appearance of your pet’s coat or ease joint problems. Supplements like fish oil are an alternative option for addressing minor arthritis problems in dogs. Depending on your pet’s wellness needs, we may recommend specially formulated senior dog food or cat food. Our veterinary staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your pet’s diet or senior pet health care.

Contact us today to learn more about how our senior pet health check can make a difference for your pet!


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