At Providence Animal Hospital, we provide quality veterinary geriatric care for senior cats and dogs in Charlotte.
Vet Care for Geriatric Cats & Dogs
Just like humans, pets become more susceptible to certain illnesses and disorders as they age.
Prevention and early diagnosis can extend your pet's life and general wellbeing. This is why it’s important to bring your pet in for routine exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our veterinarians know what to look for, and may be able to spot health problems early on, while they are more easily manageable.
When is a pet considered a senior?
While it varies, small dogs and cats are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs, which tend to have shorter life spans, are considered geriatric when they reach 6 years of age.
What can I expect at a geriatric appointment?
As your veterinary team, it's our job to diagnose your pet's health problems and develop a plan of action and treatment to keep them happy, comfortable and healthy into their golden years.
We will carefully examine your pet, ask detailed questions about how they are behaving at home, and perform tests for further insight into their internal systems.
Based on our findings, we'll recommend activities, medications, and dietary changes to improve in your senior pet’s health and wellbeing.
Common Health Issues In Senior Pets
As a result of improvements in veterinary care and dietary habits, cats and dogs today are living longer than ever before.
While this is generally a good thing, pets, their owners and veterinarians are now faced with far more age-related conditions. With age, pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, including:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Urinary Tract Disease
- Sight & Hearing Loss
- Liver Disease
- Joint or Bone Diseases