SENIOR PET CARE AT HICKORY VETERINARY HOSPITAL

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets healthy. AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats (age 7+) visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We pay special attention to your senior pet’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain.

Your senior pet’s wellness exam should include the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Pain assessment
  • Oral Exam
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Diagnostic Tests, which could include:
    • Blood Work
    • Urinalysis
    • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Vaccinations (if due and necessary)


A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following in your senior pet:

  • Changes in mobility: difficulty getting up from a down position, trouble with stairs, limping, decrease in ability to jump on furniture or jump into the car,
  • Decrease in play or activity
  • Increase or decrease in water consumption or urination
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Change in appetite
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss

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