Senior Pets

Like people, pets are living longer. This is great news! We all treasure the companionship we share with our pets. We hope to provide them with the longest, happiest lives possible.

How old is your pet in people years?

Caring for your senior pet means more than treating problems as they arise. Preventive care is the most important component of healthcare in all of the life stages. At the senior life stage, changes in physical condition and behavior inevitably occur.

What signs should I look for in my senior pet?

  • Change in water consumption (especially an increase)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in weight
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Bad breath or difficulty eating
  • Change in urine production (especially an increase)
  • Lumps or bumps on the skin
  • Constipation
  • Change in attitude or irritability
  • Confusion (dogs) / anti-social behavior (cats)
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty rising (dogs) / difficulty jumping (cats)
  • Loss of housetraining (dogs) / change in litter box habits (cats)

 

What can my veterinarian do?

Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital recommends a Senior Wellness Program for all pets over seven years of age. The non-invasive tests in the program help us care for your pet in two ways. First, this program can identify possible health problems before they become life-threatening. Early testing and detection of medical problems allows for a more favorable outcome, or prognosis, and more cost-effective options. Second, these tests will provide a baseline with which your veterinarian can measure changes should your dog become ill in the future.

 Test            

 Reason

Doctor Exam

Detect early signs of disease such as periodontal disease, obesity, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, and cancer 

Blood tests

Identify liver, kidney, pancreatic and thyroid disease, anemia, and cancer 

Urinalysis

Identify kidney disease and failure, infections, and diabetes 

Blood pressure  measurement

High blood pressure may lead to strokes, eye or kidney disease 

Tonometry 

Screening for glaucoma 

Baseline X-Rays/ECG 

Detect heart and lung disease, arrhythmias, enlarged organs, and cancer 

 

The Goal of Senior Care

The goal of senior care is simple. We want to help you maintain the highest quality of life for your cat and thereby enhance the bond that we all share. Together, we can make the senior years the most rewarding years for you and your cat to share with each other.