Our Asheville veterinarians provide comprehensive geriatric care for senior cats and dogs to keep them healthy and comfortable in old age.
Geriatric Care for Pets
Prevention in the form of routine veterinary care and early diagnosis can make all the difference in extending your pet's life and good health. This is why it’s important that your senior pet has regularly scheduled physical exams, even if they seem healthy.
Our experienced veterinary team can identify health problems and offer proactive treatment early on in your pet's development, while they are still effectively and easily managed.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
Although it varies, cats and small and medium-sized dogs are usually considered seniors around the age of 7.
Larger breed dogs generally have shorter life spans, so they are considered to be seniors when they reach 6 years of age.
Typical Health Problems
Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, cats and dogs today are living far longer than they have in the past.
This means that their owners and veterinarians are now faced with far more age-related conditions than ever before as well.
Senior pets are usually prone to these conditions:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Blindness and hearing loss
Veterinary Care for Seniors
It's your vet's job to Our veterinarians will fully examine your senior pet, ask you about their home life in detail, and perform necessary tests for additional insight into his or her general health and condition.
Based on the findings, we'll recommend a treatment plan that may include dietary changes, medications and activities that can help improve your senior pet’s health, comfort and well being.
Routine Wellness Exams
Early detection of disease and preventive care are essential for your pet to be a healthy senior.
Your senior pet's best chance at quality long-term health is regular physical exams.