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There are certain conditions that occur more commonly in senior pets than in younger ones. For example, it is not uncommon for pets to experience cognitive slowing and dulling of the sight, smell and hearing senses. Pet arthritis is another major problem among older pets. An estimated one in every five adult dogs is suffering from pet arthritis, and the condition only worsens with age. Often, pet owners or veterinarians can determine that a dog or cat has pet arthritis if the pet is less active than normal, gaining weight or favoring a specific limb over another. However, without proper pet geriatric care, the condition could go undiagnosed or untreated, leaving pets in increasing levels of pain for many years.
At our animal hospital, we recommend bringing your senior cat or dog for his or her routine wellcare check-ups twice per year, rather than the one time required by younger pets. Because pets age five to seven times faster than humans do, pet geriatric care is necessary on a much more frequent schedule than normal health care.
Should your senior dog or cat be experiencing any health issues, we will attempt to identify the cause of the symptoms and discuss the available treatment options with you. This may include taking x-rays, or conducting blood work or a urinalysis. For example, if testing reveals that your dog or cat is suffering from pet arthritis, we may prescribe medications to help manage the disease, as well as help with the pain.
If you have a senior pet and are in need of a Berkeley veterinarian who will be committed to your pet's wellcare for life, contact our animal hospital today. We look forward to the opportunity to make your pet's senior years the best ones yet.
This is a vet hospital with a heart, truly.
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