Casillas Veterinary Hospitals – Geriatric Pet Health
We like to think of our pets as always being young and vital, but the simple truth of the matter is that all animals get older — and old age brings new challenges to your pet’s health, wellness and comfort. If your pet is making the transition into his “golden years,” you need to know he will continue to get the geriatric care necessary to provide the best possible quality of life. Here at Casillas Veterinary Hospitals, we can serve as your trusted advisor for pet senior care.
Your dog or cat’s advancing years may sneak up on you, if only because these animals go through their life cycles much faster than humans do. By the time most dogs and cats reach the age of 7, they are already considered geriatric (and some large dogs reach this stage even earlier in life due to their shorter life expectancies). Geriatric pets share many age-related health complaints familiar to humans, including:
- Elevated cancer risk
- Congestive heart failure, kidney failure or other organ failure
- Thyroid problems
- Vision and hearing difficulties
- Balance disorders
- Cognitive impairment
- High blood pressure
- Periodontal disease
Older pets often become sedentary as they begin to suffer from degenerative joint pain and stiffness. This may cause them to put on weight — and obesity can worsen many of the health risks listed above. Other signs of chronic pain may be harder to spot, especially in cats, who prefer to keep their discomfort a secret.
A Healthier Old Age for East Los Angeles, Lynwood and Montebello Pets
Bring your East Los Angeles, Lynwood or Montebello “old-timer” to our nearest veterinary hospital so we can provide necessary geriatric services. We recommend at least two wellness and dental examinations per year for older pets instead of one; this gives us the chance to monitor age-related issues more closely. We will also perform external evaluations to check your pet’s eyes, ears and weight. If he is too heavy for his own good, we may recommend dietary changes or light activity to keep him fit and mobile.
Systemic age-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes may call for medication, in which case we will prescribe the proper drugs and advise you on the treatment regimen. Special diets may also be indicated for diabetes, kidney failure, liver disease or other complaints. If your pet suffers from chronic pain, anti-inflammatory medications and nutritional supplements can help. If your pet’s age-related condition is severe enough, we will determine whether surgery is useful or advisable. Nobody likes to think about the end of a beloved animal’s life, but when that time comes, we can discuss the matter with you to help you do what’s best for your pet.