Senior Pet Wellness

Senior Pet Care Includes Wellness and Preventative Care as Well as Extra Attention From Owners

Senior pets are special. They have been with their owners for many years and have a close bond. Luckily, pets are living longer than ever, thanks to better diets and veterinary care. Owners want what is best for their senior pets, and our veterinarians at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Watertown, CT, does too. We will work closely with owners to provide the best life possible for senior pets.

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Benefits Of Getting A Routine Pet Exam For Senior Animals

Since pets have a shorter lifespan, they age at a more rapid pace than humans. Most cats and small breed dogs are considered to be a senior pet by the age of seven. Large breed dogs are considered seniors by age six. Because of this rapid aging process, animals must be seen at least once a year for a wellness exam. In some cases, as pets age, it may be recommended to visit a veterinarian every six months.

Preventative care is essential for senior pets. The earlier health problems are detected, the more easily they can be treated. Our veterinarians at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC, know what to look for in routine pet exams and can offer advice on how to help your pet age gracefully. 

Some of the most common health problems that affect older pets include cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, kidney/urinary tract disease, weakness, senility, and joint or bone disease. By seeing pets often and charting their health, problems can be found more easily. If owners wait to visit a veterinarian until they notice a problem, it can sometimes be too late or more difficult to intervene.

Why Senior Pets Need More Attention

There are many reasons why senior pets need more attention. As their bodies age, problems become more prominent, and the more attention their owners give them, the better off they will be. Diet and nutritional needs change as a pet age. Owners will need to talk to a veterinarian about potential food changes, anti-aging nutrients, and varying calorie levels. Weight control becomes important as senior pets become less active. Vaccines and parasite control are other senior pet care topics to discuss with a veterinarian. These needs change as pets age.

Senior pet owners will need to put more effort into stimulating their pets, both physically and mentally. Interacting often with senior pets is an important aspect of senior pet care and can help protect against senility. Playing with them and going for walks will also help them remain mobile. Owners may need to alter their homes to accommodate their senior pets. Older pets may have difficulties climbing stairs and need a place to eat and sleep on one level. Some pets may need to spend more time indoors, and those with disabilities may need even more accommodations. 

Make an Appointment for Your Senior Pet

Call Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Watertown, CT, at 860-274-2212 to make an appointment for routine senior pet care or if you have any concerns about your senior pet.

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  • "The staff is wonderful. We brought Otis, a very large 4 yr old Rottie there for an ACL/miniscus surgery. Everything was successful. We just brought him for his final follow up and all is good. This big guy has no manners and no sense of personal space except for his own space, but he loves the receptionists and vet techs there, and they love him. Nothing but good things to say about Watertown Veterinary Hospital."
    Michael J Braccia
  • "watertown animal hospital has the most caring and patient staff and Dr. Price is amazing with my sphynx cat Raisin. i can't say enough about this facility!"
    Erica Papa