Geriatric Care for Pets

At Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital, our vets provide Tracy senior dogs and cats with veterinary care to help them feel comfortable throughout their old age. 

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Geriatric Care for Senior Dogs & Cats

Senior pets require routine care and early diagnosis more than even as they age. Our vets provide diligent care for your pet to help extend their good health throughout their golden years. Because of this, it's important that they attend regularly scheduled wellness exams, even if they seem healthy. 

Our experienced veterinary team is here to help. We can identify emerging health issues and offer proactive treatment early, while we can still effectively and easily manage any problems. 

Geriatric Care for Pets, Tracy

Is my pet considered 'old'?

Your pet may seem just like a puppy, spry and energetic. You may be surprised to learn, then, that they are already considered a senior. In fact, cats and small to medium-sized dogs are typically considered seniors around the age of 7, and larger dogs are thought to be seniors around the age of 6.

Typical Health Problems

Because of improvements in dietary options and veterinary care, our cat and dog companions are living longer now than they ever have before. 

While this is certainly something to be celebrated, pet owners and veterinarians now face more age-related conditions than they did in the past as well. 

Senior pets are typically prone to the following conditions:

  • Blindness and hearing loss
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Joint or bone disorders
  • Senility
  • Weakness
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease

Veterinary Care for Seniors

Our veterinarians will provide a complete physical examination of your aging pet, inquire about their home life and nutrition and perform any diagnostic tests they may require in order to get a comprehensive picture of your pet's general health and condition.

Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that can potentially include medications, activities and dietary changes that may help improve your senior pet's health, well-being and comfort. 

Routine Wellness Exams

Preventive care is essential to helping your senior pet live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life. It also gives our veterinarians the opportunity to detect diseases early. 

Detecting diseases early and providing preventative or proactive care will help to preserve your pet's health. It will also catch emerging issues before they develop into long-term or serious problems.

With regular physical examinations, your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health. 

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