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At Central Animal Hospital, our Scarsdale veterinarian team is here to provide the highest standard of care to your pet. We even offer senior pet care services for older pets. What constitutes a senior pet? This can vary based on type of pet and breed. However, most cats are considered seniors around age 10, whereas most dogs are seniors around 7-10 years (depending on breed and size).
As your pet ages, he or she can become more prone to certain ailments and medical conditions. Specifically, senior pets need to be closely monitored for issues such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, kidney problems, and certain types of cancers. Furthermore, a pet's digestive system can become weakened with age, so older pets may also need to be switched to a different food or make other changes to their diets.
Perhaps the best thing you can do to protect your senior pet's health and wellness, however, is to bring them into a trusted veterinarian's office for routine wellness exams and recommended diagnostics.
At Central Animal Hospital, we offer full-service care for senior pets. Typically, we recommend more frequent wellness exams for senior pets. Rather than the typical once-a-year visit, we encourage owners to bring their senior pets in at least twice a year. Our senior pet exams are similar to any routine wellness exam, but are a bit more in-depth when it comes to dental care, bloodwork, and running diagnostics for certain medical conditions and diseases.
As part of your pet's exam, we will also want to take the time to consider his or her changing diet and nutrition needs. Specifically, we'd like to assess your pet's current diet and see if any changes need to be made to aid in smoother digestion or improved nutrient content. This is especially important with pets who may be at risk for diabetes due to weight gain in old age.
Parasite control is another important aspect of your aging pet's health. As pets get older, their immune systems aren't as easily able to fight off diseases or parasites. As part of your pet's visit with us, then, we will likely want to review parasite control measures and check to ensure that your pet is up-to-date on any and all vaccinations.
These are just a few of the special steps we can take to protect and maximize your senior pet's health and wellness in our office. Our veterinarians specialize in this level of senior pet care and will take the time to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible.
If your senior pet is overdue for a wellness exam, don't hesitate to schedule one with our AAHA accredited Scarsdale vet today. You can reach Central Animal Hospital to request an appointment by giving us a call at (914) 723-1250. We're open seven days a week to serve you!