Senior pet care

Annual preventative care is vital for senior animals to prevent or delay the diseases that older animals are more prone to, such as osteoarthritis, hormone disorders, organ failure, cancer, and disease of the kidney, heart, and liver.

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Animals age at a rate five to seven times that of humans, so regular wellness visits are strongly recommended to ensure that all of your pet’s healthcare needs are being met.

Senior Pet Wellness

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the following warning signs could indicate a problem that should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite
  • Failure to eat for more than two days
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Increasing inactivity or time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in a localized area
  • Seizures or convulsing
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At Central Valley Animal Hospital, we offer programs tailored specifically for the needs of senior dogs and cats, including a complete blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest specially formulated food for your pet, whose changing nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet. Keeping your pet active is also helpful in slowing the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process. Please get in touch with our veterinarians to learn more about keeping your senior pet healthy.

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During your senior pet’s wellness exam, our veterinarians Will:

  • Gather a medical history and assess vital signs
  • Record weight and conduct a comprehensive physical examination
  • Evaluate dental health
  • Administer vaccines tailored to your pet’s age, health, and environment
  • Screen for parasites in blood and stool samples
  • Recommend appropriate medications for parasite treatment
  • Discuss nutritional requirements and address behavioral concerns
  • Test for heartworm disease
  • Provide recommendations for heartworm and flea/tick preventatives tailored to your pet’s needs

We Customize Vaccination Plans for Your Pet’s Health

Vaccinations are essential for maintaining your pet’s health and preventing serious diseases. Every dog and cat has unique lifestyle factors that require individualized vaccination protocols. Central Valley Animal Hospital offers tailored wellness care programs designed specifically for your pet’s needs.