Senior Care

Senior CareHave you noticed your pet's hair starting to gray? Does she or he sleep more than they used to? Is she or he slow or unresponsive to your call? If so, these may be signs of aging in your pet.

The fact is, as animals move into their senior years they demonstrate the same signs of aging as we humans do. And as with humans, they are more susceptible to a number of diseases such as kidney disease, dental disease, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer. Many of these diseases can be controlled or prevented if caught early.

At Town & Country Animal Hospital we consider a cat to be a senior when it reaches 9-years-old (52 in human years) and dogs at the age of 7-years (49 in human years). To address the issues faced by older pets we have created a senior program designed to offer your pet the healthiest life possible. This program is a collection of noninvasive tests and procedures chosen to provide the most pertinent information about his or her health. In most cases we will have the results within 24 to 48 hours and can discuss them with you as well as any lifestyle or healthcare changes that should be made. Some things that we may suggest include nutritional supplements or a prescribed diet.

Signs of aging and disease include:

  • Changes or significant increase in water consumption;
  • Changes in urine production or constipation;
  • Changes in skin and hair loss, dullness, matting, etc.;
  • Changes in appetite as well as weight gain or loss;
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea;
  • Changes in behavior;
  • And stiffness or reluctance to move or lameness.