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Senior Pets FAQ answered by Our Overland Park Veterinarian
Your animal deserves to lead a healthy and happy life at every stage. That's why our Overland Park veterinarian team--also serving Prarie Village, Leawood, and surrounding areas--is honored to provide senior pet care services for every local cat and dog who is simply just trying to enjoy their (furry) golden years!
What Kind of Special Health needs does my Senior Pet Face?
Like humans, animals' health needs change as they grow older. Older cats and dogs are more at risk for developing chronic health conditions like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, vision loss, deafness, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even dementia. Equally, older dogs and cats typically don't need as much exercise nor food, as their energy and activity level tends to be lower.
How can I tell if My Senior Pet is Struggling with a Health Issue?
It's normal for dogs and cats to do demonstrate different behaviors as they grow older. If you ever have a concern or question about your older pet, be sure to call your vet. We can carefully examine your animal to identify the underlying cause of any unusual or atypical symptoms, including:
- Limping and lameness
- Extreme lethargy
- Lumps, bumps, and skin issues
- Foul breath
- Loose or discolored teeth
- Disinterest in/difficulty eating food
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Uncharacteristic aggression or wandering
- An increase or decrease in water intake and/or urine treatment
Anyone of these signs or symptoms may indicate that your senior pet is in need of special veterinary care. Our team would be happy to work with you to determine the best course of action based on the results of our senior pet exam.
How Often Should I Bring my Senior Pet in to see my Overland Park Vet?
It really depends on your individual pet. We prefer to see every animal at least once a year to complete a thorough physical exam and blood work panel in order to ensure that the animal's health is in good condition and to detect early warning signs of disease or illness. We encourage many pet owners of senior animals to bring their pets in more often, up to 2 times per year or more. This is especially important if your cat or dog has a known health condition. More frequent consultations with our Overland Park vet team will allow us to carefully monitor your pet's health over time (which tends to change more quickly in senior dogs) and adjust treatment accordingly.
What Kind of Senior Pet Care Services are Offered by Your Overland Park Veterinarian Team?
We offer a variety of services to pet your senior pet's needs, including:
- Dental care
- Nutritional supplements and dietary recommendations
- Activity and exercise recommendations
- Pain treatment
- Medications to address acute and chronic illness
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Do you have a wise old four-legged soul at home? Be sure to schedule a senior pet exam with our Overland Park veterinarian team at Nall Hills Animal Hospital. Go ahead: call (913) 341-8836 today!