As pets get older, they require much more care and attention than they previously did. Senior pets need unique care and routine veterinary checkups. At White Rock Animal Hospital, our veterinarians provide a variety of services to care for your aging pet. We serve Lochwood, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, and other areas in Dallas, TX. Our team is committed to keeping your pet healthy and happy with the right wellness plan and veterinary care.
When Is a Pet Considered a Senior?
The definition of a senior pet varies among dogs and cats as well between different breeds. Generally speaking, however, felines are considered seniors or elderly once they reach 11 years of age, then super seniors once they hit 15 years of age. Small dogs are generally considered seniors once they reach 11 years of age, while larger breeds are seniors around 7 years old. Super seniors are not common among dogs, but any dog that is 15 or older considered a super senior.
Frequent Veterinary Care
When your pet is younger, it may only need annual or bi-annual visits to our animal hospital. However, as your pet gets older, it will need closer attention. Start by bringing your pet in for a full checkup and evaluation. Our veterinarian will use this information to determine just how often your pet should be coming in for appointments. For most senior pets, however, this will be at least a few times a year. If any age-related conditions are discovered, your pet may need even closer care.
Common Health Problems in Senior Pets
As your pet ages, it is at greater risk for certain diseases. Common ones include:
- Heart conditions
- Joint and bone diseases (including arthritis)
- Kidney and urinary tract diseases
- Digestive disorders
- Muscular atrophy
Many of these conditions are manageable when caught early, while others may even be curable. Likewise, you can help prevent disease in your pet by feeding it a healthy, age-appropriate diet and following the advice of our veterinarians. The specific needs of each senior pet vary, so you'll want to bring your pet in for regular appointments.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarians for Senior Pet Care Today
If your pet is getting older, it will require some extra care at home and additional veterinary visits. At White Rock Animal Hospital, our veterinarians provide routine exams and will detect if anything is wrong with your pet. We will provide the proper treatment to ensure that your pet stays healthy. Our team can also give you tips on how to care for your senior pet at home. We serve Lochwood, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, and other areas in Dallas, TX. Call us today to schedule an appointment.