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Compassionate Care for Life

As your pet enters the golden years, you can rely on the caring team at East River Veterinary Hospital to help you navigate the changing needs of your companion. While every pet is different, most cats are considered senior at the age of 10; most dogs are termed senior around age 7.

Common age-related conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dental disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease

That’s why we focus on the following elements of senior pet care:

  • Early detection of disease
  • Frequency of veterinary visits
  • Increased parasite control
  • Lifestyle/environmental changes
  • Maintaining mobility
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Mental health and awareness
Senior cats

Senior dog

We also recommend twice yearly wellness exams and annual diagnostic screenings. These tests go a long way to helping us identify problems early on. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in your senior pet. For example, if your cat or dog seems to be moving slower than usual, it may be an indication of pain, not simply aging.

Nutrition for Senior Pets

When discussing senior pet care, it’s important to consider any changes to your pet’s diet that may be necessary. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on joints and increases the risk for health problems and respiratory issues. On the other hand, dramatic weight loss can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, please contact us immediately.

Supporting a Senior Lifestyle

To ensure a high quality of life for your senior pet, our team will review any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be appropriate. Older pets are generally more susceptible to anxiety and stress, so loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. If possible, continue to include your companion in everyday routines. Regular play and exercise is important to both physical health and mental awareness.

Please contact us to discuss other ways you can support and enhance the life of your aging pet.

On the Web

American Association of Feline Practitioners:

American Veterinary Medical Association:


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