Senior Pet Care
Comprehensive Geriatric Care for Senior Cats and Dogs
Loyal senior pets deserve the very best in veterinary care. Companion Pet Hospital in Philadelphia, PA offers compassionate care for senior pets to minimize the effects of painful conditions related to the aging process, reduce the occurrence of debilitating disease and add healthy years to your pet’s life.
By age seven, most small animal companions are considered seniors and may experience a variety of age-related changes. With quality veterinary care and a diligent focus on healthy lifestyle choices, most pet owners find their old friend to be happier, more comfortable and active for many years.
What to Look for in a Senior Pet
Older pets may experience changes that are subtle and gradual, or they may come on suddenly—every pet is unique. As a pet owner, you want to be aware of any change in your companion animal and bring that information to your regular visit at our pet hospital. Together, we will address the changes you have noticed, and initiate treatment modalities as needed.
These are typical of aging and often the first noticed by pet owners, such as stiffness, struggles with mobility or changes in physical condition. You may also notice your aging pet develops inappropriate elimination. The kidneys are one of the first organs to decline in a cat or dog, and daytime accidents or nighttime urine leakage may occur. Excessive urination may be a sign of kidney failure or diabetes, both treatable if caught early.
Slower responses to external stimuli may be seen in any of the major senses—hearing, sight, taste, touch and smell. These can be difficult for pet owners to identify but may be noticed as a lack of interest in food or a slow response at attempts to engage in play.
Cognitive changes may be demonstrated by behaviors such as confusion, depression or aggression. Behaviors that are puzzling, drastically different from usual, or seem to come and go are often symptoms of an underlying, more serious problem. It is often possible to treat these issues if caught before they have progressed too far
Supporting Your Senior Pet
A practical approach to supporting the health and vigor of your aging pet includes proper nutrition, routine exercise and regular dental care. If you live in Philadelphia or a surrounding area, our veterinarians can help your senior pet achieve optimal health by identifying emerging health issues early on and providing proactive treatment.
With you, we will create a plan for your pet that may include the following
Veterinary exams 2-3 times a year
Regular oral exams and dental cleanings
Senior lab work, including blood screening, urine and fecal testing
Hearing and vision exams
Diet and nutrition changes
Exercise and pain management
Environmental changes (such as stairs)