Medical Problems of Aging Pets
Pets that live in good homes with people who love and care for them are likely to live longer, happier lives. But as these pets age, they are also more likely to develop certain health conditions or diseases that require diagnosis and special veterinary care and attention. These common conditions can include:
- Thyroid disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Diseases of the adrenal glands
- Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
- Unexplained weight loss or obesity
- Arthritis and joint disease
- Autoimmune disease
Older pets also suffer from many of the same common problems that affect young pets, such as internal and external parasites, skin disease, ear problems, and respiratory illnesses.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating each of these conditions. We recommend comprehensive lab work for senior pets to identify diseases as early as possible. Some of the chronic conditions can be cured or minimized. Others can be managed with proper care and treatment plans that often include medication. We can also advise you on nutrition, weight management, and proper exercise, all of which have a great impact on quality of life in older pets.
Carroll Veterinary Clinic and Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic also offer senior health wellness plans to help diagnose and treat conditions as early as possible. When needed, our veterinary facilities are well equipped to offer overnight hospitalization for pets that need continuous care and monitoring.
If you are looking for the best care for your senior pet, or if you are concerned that your senior dog or cat may be suffering from a chronic condition, please contact our offices for additional information or to schedule an appointment. We will work closely with you to prescribe a treatment plan that meets the needs of both you and your pet.
To schedule a wellness exam for your senior pet, call us at 276-728-4841.