The Importance of Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet Wellness in Fairfax, Virginia

How old is your pet? As you’ve probably heard, dogs and cats age about 7 times faster than people do, so they need more attention to their health as they enter their golden years. Senior pets are typically more prone to certain conditions than younger pets are. This includes arthritis and other joint problems, obesity, gum disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. It’s also important to keep in mind that senior pets—especially cats—are masters at hiding symptoms of illness, so although your senior pet may APPEAR healthy, they might not be.

At Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, our goal is to help pets of all ages live long, happy, healthy lives. We want your four-legged friend to be around for a very long time, just like you do, and the best way to make that happen is with annual wellness exams. But if your pet is 7 or older, we recommend senior wellness exams every SIx months and annual senior blood wellness panels.

About the Senior Pet Exam

Every pet exam at our clinic consists of a standard comprehensive evaluation. This includes an assessment of the skin and coat, mouth, legs and abdomen, teeth, and ears. However, for senior pets, we begin with a senior wellness blood panel. This panel checks electrolytes and provides information about the pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas as well as blood sugar, hydration, and other bodily functions. We may also recommend X-rays or another diagnostic service. The results of these exams and tests allow us to either ensure that your senior pet is healthy or provide treatment recommendations if they aren’t. The sooner we detect an illness or other condition, the sooner we can treat it.

During your senior pet’s exam, we can also discuss our recommendations for any changes that should be made, whether they’re related to parasite prevention, weight, or environment. If you’ve noticed any changes in your senior pet’s behavior or appearance, we encourage you to bring it to our attention during this visit.

Is Your Senior Pet Due for a Visit?

If your pet is 7 years of age and is due for a checkup, schedule a visit at Little River Veterinary Clinic. Our veterinarians can perform a comprehensive examination and determine what senior care services are recommended and help you care for your senior pet from home. Give us a call today at (703) 273-5110 to schedule your companion’s exam!


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