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Posted on 03-29-2017

Senior Animals Need Special Care

Cats and dogs are considered “senior” when they reach 7 years of age. At this age, animals often begin to need special care to ensure they stay healthy and active. Their gastrointestinal system may not function as well as in younger days, and so, they require more nutritious, easily digested food. Their bodies may not regulate temperature as well as when they were younger, so they must be protected against extremes of cold and heat. They may develop joint problems or have impairment of their liver or kidneys that require special food or medication. Regular visits to your vet can detect the subtle changes that signal a need for changes in diet or veterinary care.

Senior Pet Care at Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park

Your Overland Park Veterinarian Can Provide Help For Older Animals

Nall Hills Animal Hospital can provide comprehensive physical examinations to detect problems of aging that can contribute to disease conditions. Excessive weight, problems with mobility and hidden veterinary problems can affect your pet’s comfort and shorten his life. Blood tests can provide information on liver or kidney problems that can be treated with a number of medications. In addition, regular exams provide an opportunity to discuss problems you have noticed that can be further investigated.

Recommendations For Senior Pets

Veterinary experts recommend a number of measures to optimize the health of older animals. They should visit the vet for an examination every 6 months instead of annually. Animals should have toys and regular interaction with owners to stimulate their mental function. They should have all necessary vaccinations. If the animal is overweight, he or she should be put on a diet to reduce strain on the heart, lungs, and joints. Animals should be kept warm in winter and cool in summer, as well as avoiding physical strain, such as climbing stairs. They may also require nutritional support and more time outdoors to ensure their good health.

Contact Nalls Hill Animal Hospital in Overland Park For Senior Pet Care

For 35 years, Dr. John Teeter, his associates and the staff at Nalls Hill Animal Hospital have been committed to excellence in care for every phase of their patients’ lives. We offer a wide range of services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, spay and neuter services, laboratory services, laser surgery and senior care for animals. We also provide boarding and grooming. In addition, when the time comes, we can help with end of life decisions and care for your pet. Call Nalls Hill Animal Hospital today at 913-341-8836 for an appointment to discuss how you can help your pet stay healthy and happy throughout his older years.

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