Senior Pet Care in Cary
Compassionate Pet Palliative Care
Typically, senior pets need more care and attention than younger pets. Their changing bodies can leave them more vulnerable to injuries, diseases, and chronic medical conditions. As your senior pet ages, these problems can lead to decreased quality of life, poor hearing and eyesight, and reduced immune function. This means taking proper care of your senior pet can be a challenge, but our Cary veterinarians are here to help.
What You Can Do for Your Senior Pet
Your senior pet will need extra help to maintain good quality of life!
Here are a few ways that your pet will need extra TLC:
- Special accommodations - Many older pets develop joint problems and pain. This can prevent your senior pet from comfortably doing many once routine activities. For example, pets who once could jump into and out of bed easily may now need extra help. You can help your pet by making special accommodations that will enable your pet to move about your home independently. Talk to your pet's veterinarian for suggestions and advice that will help you make life easier for your pet.
- Special diet - Often older pets eat in smaller portions and consume less protein than younger pets. You can help your pet by changing to a food formulated for older animals. At Chatham Animal Hospital, we can help you pick out the right food for your animal companion.
- Change in exercise - Older pets need to maintain an exercise regimen in order avoid loss of muscle mass and to stay healthy. Your pet's veterinarian will help you determine how much exercise is enough.
Special Care for Senior Pets
At Chatham Animal Hospital, we provide medical treatments for older pets. We recommend that your older pet see the veterinarian once every six months. These wellness checkups will help your pet stay healthy and will enable us to catch medical problems in their early stages.
In addition to six-month senior pet exams, we provide the following medical services for senior pets:
- Senior pet dentistry - Older pets may be at risk for dental problems like gum disease, cavities, tooth infections and more. Our senior pet dentistry services will help you take care of your pet's teeth.
- Vaccinations - Pet vaccinations can help your senior pet avoid common illnesses and medical conditions.
- Grooming - Joint problems and muscle stiffness can make it difficult for older pets to groom themselves. Our grooming services will help your senior pet stay clean, comfortable, and hygienic despite these challenges.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when my pet is considered a senior?
- Pets are generally considered seniors when they reach around 7 years of age for dogs and 10 years for cats. However, this can vary depending on the breed and size of the pet.
What are the common health issues in senior pets, and how can they be managed?
- Common health issues in senior pets include arthritis, dental problems, cognitive dysfunction, and organ-related issues. These can be managed through regular vet check-ups, appropriate medication, specialized diets, and lifestyle adjustments.
What is palliative care for senior pets?
- Palliative care focuses on ensuring the comfort and quality of life for pets with serious or terminal illnesses. It aims to manage pain, provide emotional support, and improve the overall well-being of the pet during its final stages of life.
Contact Our Veterinary Team Today
At Chatham Animal Hospital, we're proud to be your pet's veterinarian in Cary. We can provide senior pet exams, vaccinations and grooming to senior pets. In addition, we can give advice to senior pet owners, so you'll know how to take care of your senior pet.
To make an appointment for your senior dog or cat in Cary, contact us online today!
Our team is passionate and committed to creating a safe haven for all pets and their families.
Our team consists of skilled and talented pet professionals providing each patient with the highest level of care and treatment in a warm and welcoming environment.
There is no place we would rather be than right here caring for your pets as if the were our own.
We would love to meet you and your pet and have you join our wonderful family of animals and their loving owners. Call our veterinarian in Cary to set up an appointment for a no-obligation consultation.
“I like that he called me to let me know everything went well and asked what my budget looked like before adding more tests that I couldn't afford! Very pleased.”- Amy M.
“Dr. David Krakowski is a superhero in Vet uniform. Have used Chatham Animal for 13 years and Dr. K's temperament, judgement and surgeon's hands have enabled me to sleep at night with my sick pups in his capable care.”- KADA
“The entire staff is so caring, thorough, and patient. I've been going to this practice for over 25 years, and have always felt like my pets are treated with the utmost care and concern.”- Stacie A.