Senior Pet Wellness

Hilltop Animal Hospital Provides Senior Pet Care

As with humans, pets may begin to experience a number of health issues in their senior years. Problems like arthritis, dental problems, and various medical conditions can arise that need special care. These special problems need special monitoring and treatment. At Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina, NC, we can help you care for your senior pet to optimize health and quality of life.



Your pet may take more time getting up from a lying position or may groan when getting up. These signs can indicate osteoarthritis, a condition that results from normal wear and tear on joints. Your vet can help with medications to reduce discomfort and swelling, for easier movement.

Loose or Decayed Teeth

Older animals may also develop tooth problems, from normal wear during eating. Teeth may become loosened or decayed, leading to discomfort and poor eating.


Senior pets may be less inclined to exercise, which can lead to weight problems. Obesity is linked to many conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. We can offer advice on feeding to help manage your pet’s weight.

Heart Problems

Like people, pets can develop cardiac problems that can seriously impact their health. Today’s medications and treatments can help to extend lifespan and ensure good quality of life for pets with heart problems.

Kidney and Liver Disorders

Pets may develop a number of disorders that affect the kidneys or liver. Diagnostic tests can detect these problems, so that they can be treated with medications or other therapies.

Pet Owners Can Offer Special Care for Senior Pets

Although senior pets may no longer be able to do long walks or extended play sessions, owners can still provide opportunities for exercise to prevent obesity and to provide mental stimulation. You can make sure your pet has warm bedding to cushion tender joints. You can provide high-quality, easily digestible food and monitor their weight carefully. Regular visits to the vet will help to manage medical conditions and ensure your pet has a long and happy life.

Make Hilltop Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Fuquay Varina

Dr. Gibbs and the rest of our team at Hilltop Animal Hospital make compassionate care their first priority in treating all of our patients in Fuquay Varina, NC, and the nearby communities. We offer a broad range of veterinary services, including preventative care, vaccinations, surgery, diagnostics, orthopedic care, pain management, and emergency care. Call Hilltop Animal Hospital today at 919-567-9700 for an appointment to learn more about the best ways to care for your senior pet.


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  • "The best. Dr Scotty Gibbs always takes the time to comfort our dogs and us. Have gone there for years. Would not want to go anywhre else"
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