Senior Pets Receive Compassionate Care for Disease, Arthritis & Age-Related Pain

Senior Pet Care

As our pets age, they face the possibility of a variety of conditions and diseases: weight and mobility changes; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; osteoarthritis; hormone disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and others. Your veterinarians at Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic treat senior pets with special care, creating wellness care and treatment plans tailored to their unique needs.

Becoming a Senior Pet

It may be hard to imagine that the adorable puppy or cuddly kitten you brought home only a few years ago is now considered to be a senior pet. Every species and type of pet ages differently, and your veterinarian will assist you in determining when the senior stage of life begins.

For example, smaller breeds of dogs live longer than larger breeds, and cats live longer than dogs. There are types of birds that can live as long or longer than their human owners, while some small pets have a lifespan of only two or three years. Whatever type of pet you have, we are able to guide you in the appropriate care to ensure the healthiest life for as long as possible.

To learn how old your dog or cat would be in human years, visit our wellness plans page.

Senior Wellness Care & Health Exams

Regular veterinary care is the most important step in maintaining the health of a senior pet. A regular veterinary exam is needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis.

Our veterinarians recommend healthy senior pets visit our clinic every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. The veterinarian will conduct a complete physical examination of your pet, from nose to tail and outside in. During this health exam, we ask about any changes in your pet’s activity and behavior since the last visit. Changes such as these are often indicators of developing problems or even chronic pain.

Laboratory testing is a key component of the senior exam and may include the following:

  • CBC
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood chemistry panel
  • Parasite evaluation
  • Thyroid testing
  • Heartworm
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Ophthalmic evaluation

Visit our in-house laboratory to learn more about many of these diagnostic tests.

Pain in Senior Pets

Senior pets often experience pain and general discomfort. This may be due to joint issues, chronic conditions, or age-related diseases. We offer a variety of treatments for our senior companions to allow them comfort from aches and pain.