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Posted on 07-02-2012

animal geriatrics care in Berkeley for senior pets.jpgIs your pet beginning to age? Your once-active pet may not be able to run as fast, jump into the car or climb the stairs. Your pet may also slow down in response to external stimuli, and be less quick to perk up her ears or pick up a scent. What you can see as your pet ages are the internal changes taking place within his or her body. Older pets are more susceptible to disease and chronic illnesses. This is why senior pet care is so important for protecting your pet’s long-term health.

Animal Geriatrics Care for Senior Pets

Our Berkeley animal veterinary hospital can help your senior pet age gracefully and comfortably. We provide comprehensive animal geriatrics care to address health conditions that are more common in older pets. These include osteoarthritis, a thyroid imbalance, cancer and diabetes.

In order to properly detect and treat senior health concerns, our veterinarian recommends semi-annual wellness exams. Full laboratory testing, including urinalysis, X-rays and a blood chemistry panel, is essential to giving our vet a complete picture of your pet’s internal health. These tests allow us to detect and monitor a health condition before it begins to detrimentally affect your pet’s overall quality of life.

Some veterinary conditions associated with age can be treated through our animal geriatrics program. For example, many aging pets suffer from some degree of arthritis. Dietary supplements, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication can help your pet safely regain movement.

One out of every three dogs is affected by cancer. And while cancer is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, when cancer is detected it is often an aggressive form, such as lymphoma. Just like with humans, early detection is key to effectively treating cancer in pets. In some cases, our vet may recommend animal surgery to remove the tumor before it grows or spreads.

From osteoarthritis to cancer, our animal hospital helps pets age gracefully. How do you meet your senior pet’s wellness needs?

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