SeniorPet Wellness

Give your senior pet the care they deserve. Here at False River Veterinary Clinic, our program ensures their health, catching issues early for longer, happier lives.

Cat on the table in Clinic

Senior Pet Wellness

As dogs and cats age, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch potential problems earlier when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can help your pet live longer, too!

Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show signs of serious diseases until they are quite advanced.

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Senior status varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in.

Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend bringing your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your dog turns seven years of age or your cat turns eight years of age. After that, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.

We can treat many symptoms commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.