While those initial vaccines and checkups early in a pet’s life are important, you also want to keep up the level of care as your pet advances in age. Our team at Pine Castle Animal Care Center in Orlando, FL, loves to see our oldest fluffy patients, which is why we want to share a few things to know about senior pet care.
How Often Should You Arrange for a Senior Pet Exam?
Once your pet surpasses the first year of life, he might need annual pet exams for several years. However, he might need to see us more often for a senior pet exam once he reaches his later years. Every pet is different, which is why a veterinarian on our veterinary team might make judgments about the frequency of exams based on an individual basis. For senior pets with general good health, you might be able to stick to an annual exam. Those with diabetes, allergies, anxiety, or other health conditions might need to see us more often.
What Are Signs of Health Problems in Senior Pets?
Weight changes are a big warning sign in pets, and this could signal a number of treatable health conditions. Some senior pets might lose weight due to dental problems or digestive issues. Others may begin to lose weight from more serious conditions such as cancer. Pets that become lethargic, exhibit signs of pain, or begin to behave differently than normal might all benefit from a checkup. Keep in mind that some of these changes occur slowly over time. Paying attention to your pet’s eating and playing habits can help you to notice when something isn’t right.
How Do You Manage Senior Pet Dental Care?
Your pet’s oral health may depend upon you to take specific actions to prevent cavities and gum disease. Ideally, good oral hygiene habits are established early in life, but it might not be too late to start brushing your pet’s teeth and giving him appropriate dental chews. A veterinarian on our veterinary team can also help you plan a dental care routine that helps preserve his teeth. If your pet needs an extraction, then already having a relationship with a vet on our team may help us to make the process easier for you and your pet.
Get Pet Dental Care and a Senior Pet Exam from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team
After providing you with years of companionship, help your pet to enter his golden years in the best possible health. While many pets will develop some health challenges, many conditions are easier to treat when they are caught early. Give us at Pine Castle Animal Care Center in Orlando, FL, a call to set your senior pet up with a schedule for exams and dental care that ensures their comfort as they age. Call us at (407) 855-5010 for more information.