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As pets get older, they tend to need extra care. Senior pets can be at risk for conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. As a pet owner, you can help protect your pet by taking proper care of your animal friend and by taking your pet to the veterinarian on a regular basis. Following these tips can help you get your pet the care he or she needs to enjoy good quality of life in the golden years.
Your senior pet will need special accommodations at home in order to stay healthy. Below are some of the most common needs that older pets experience as they age:
Changes in diet. Older pets often need to eat smaller portions and less protein. Buying food formulated for older pets can help your pet get the nutrition he or she needs in order to be healthy. Your pet's Pasadena, MD vet can help you pick the right food to keep your pet satisfied and healthy.
Changes in exercise. Pets still need to exercise when they're older, however, many senior pets cannot handle intensive physical activity. For normally physically active pets, this may mean cutting back to a more moderate exercise schedule. For pets that are not physically active at all, this may mean increasing the amount of exercise. Your pet's veterinarian will help you pick an exercise regimen appropriate for your pet.
Accommodations at home. Many pets develop painful conditions like arthritis when they get older. When this happens, making small changes around the house can help your pet live more comfortably. Installing ramps that will help your pet reach high-up places and making your pet's bed more padded and comfortable can help your pet live comfortably.
Your pet's veterinarian in Pasadena MD will play a big role in your pet's health. Here are some ways that the animal hospital in Pasadena, MD can help your pet stay healthy:
Regular wellness exams. At Lake Shore Pet Hospital, we give twice yearly wellness exams to senior pets. During these exams, we'll inspect your pet's coat, skin, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth and so on. When we find problems with your pet's health, we'll make recommendations for treatment.
Comprehensive Diagnostic Tests. As pets grow older it’s important to regularly conduct blood work panels (for blood cell counts, internal organ functioning, and thyroids), urinalysis, blood pressure evaluation, and electrocardiogram (EKG) radiographs to detect early heart disease or osteoarthritis.
Vaccinations. Senior pets are at risk for a variety of illnesses and diseases. We help ensure that your pet gets regular vaccinations and booster shots to protect your pet from these diseases.
Pet dental care. Older pets can be at risk for problems like cavities and gum disease. We provide senior pet dental examinations and intensive dental care for pets that need it.
We're proud to help your senior pet stay healthy. As your Pasadena, MD pet hospital, we can give your pet regular exams and provide consultations that will help you care for your pet. Contact us for an appointment at 410-317-2028.
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