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Senior Pet Wellness From Your Veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish

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As they enter the final stages of life, many pets need increased care and special treatment in order to stay healthy. Some pets struggle with chronic conditions, others experience pain in the joints and muscles. Movement becomes difficult for older pets, and sometimes vision or hearing may fail. In this way, older pets are like people. Older pets need the same special care that elderly people need in order to maintain good quality of life. As your pet's veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish, we can help your pet get the senior pet care he or she needs to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible. 

Senior Life Stages and Longevity

Pets who are given regular pet care can live a long, full life. With regular diagnostic services and preventative care, we can catch serious illnesses in their early stages. Good health care helps ensure that your pet has an opportunity to enjoy his or her golden years. 

The lifespan of a dog can vary by size and breeds. Small dogs can live as long as 15 or 18 years, while larger dogs may only live 10 to 12 years. A large dog may be considered a senior by the time he or she reaches about 5 to 6 years old, while smaller dogs are not considered senior until about 9 years of age. Cats typically live to be around 15 years old and are considered to be senior around 11 years.

Once your pet is a senior, frequent visits to the vet can help keep your pet healthy. Knowing how to identify warning signs of health problems and when to bring your pet to the vet is important.

Signs of Dog and Cat Illness

There are many signs of dog and cat illness. Some of the common warning signs include:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin.
  • Chronic cough.
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Lack of energy.
  • Abdominal swelling.
  • Wounds that won't heal.

Many of these symptoms can be signs of serious conditions, so it's important to take your pet to the vet at the first sign of a problem.  

Preventive Senior Pet Care

As your veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish, we provide preventative senior pet care to our older patients. Preventative care includes:

  • Wellness exams. We recommend bringing your pet in for regular wellness exams twice annually. During your pet's wellness exam, we'll perform a full physical exam and make recommendations for at home care.
  • Dental care. It's very important that older pets get their teeth cleaned regularly. We perform dental examinations, dental cleanings and if needed, dental surgery. 
  • Vaccinations. Even older pets need vaccinations to help them maintain resistance to common illnesses. We'll help you track your pet's vaccination schedule, so you'll know when your pet needs booster shots.  

Contact Your Pet's Animal Hospital in Sarasota and Parrish

As your pet's animal hospital in Sarasota and Parrish, we can help your pet live a full life. We offer preventative care, surgical care and even emergency care to older dogs and cats. To find out more about how you can take care of your senior pet, contact Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital today to make an appointment at (941) 366-1222.