Pet owners who love their pets like a member of the family usually want to see their animal friends live a long and happy life. In their final years, pets are at risk for a variety of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other problems. Owners who get their pets the care they need can extend their pet's lifespan and improve their pet's quality of life. At Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina, we provide senior pet wellness care to your dogs and cats.
Veterinary Care Encourages Pet Longevity
Pets are living longer than they used to, for a variety of reasons. Many pet owners are more conscientious than they used to be about getting their pet to the vet on an annual basis for wellness care and disease treatment. In addition, veterinary science has made significant advancements in the last several decades, ensuring that veterinarians are better able to care for pets than in the past. Taking your pet to the vet at Hilltop Animal Hospital can help ensure that your pet will live a long time.
Senior Life Stages
Determining when your dog or cat is a "senior" can be a challenge. Larger dogs have shorter life spans than smaller dogs and cats. Whereas a large dog may be considered a senior by age 7, a cat may not be a senior until age 11. Older pets will have the same symptoms of old age including reduced energy, graying fur and stiff joints. If you're not sure whether or not your pet is considered a senior, talk to your pet's veterinarian.
Signs of Senior Pet Illness
It's helpful for pet owners with older animals to be able to recognize the signs of illness. Knowing whether or not your pet is sick can help you decide if your pet needs to make a special trip to the veterinarian. Symptoms of illness can span a range depending on your animal's condition, but some of the most common signs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Disinterest in eating
- Persistent cough
If you see any of these signs in your senior pet, bring him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Our doctors can make a quick diagnosis to help ensure that your pet will get the treatment he or she needs to recover.
Pet Preventive Care at Hilltop Animal Hospital
Preventative care is key to helping your pet stay healthy. We provide the following types of preventative care for senior pets:
- Wellness exams.
- Parasite preventatives.
- Dental care.
At Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina, we provide senior pet care to help animals avoid serious illness and chronic conditions, maintain high energy levels and stay healthy. To make an appointment, contact us at (919) 567-9700.