Westside Animal Hospital Is Your Home for Excellence in Casper Senior Pet Care
As the caretaker of an older pet, you probably know that your special animal deserves--and needs--a little special attention. But do you feel totally confident in your ability to care for your sweet senior? Westside Animal Hospital is proud to be one of the premier facilities for Casper senior pet care, and our geriatric veterinarian team would like to share some tips to help you take care of your older animal.
Top 3 Ways to Improve Your Senior Pet Care
- Keep your calendar handy--the pet wellness exam is more important than ever. Once your animal reaches a mature age (typically, around 7-10 years for cats and larger dogs, and 11-14 years for other dogs), you'll probably need to bring it in more often (anywhere from once to twice a year or more) for a comprehensive senior pet wellness exam with one of our Casper veterinarians. This is because the health needs of senior pets tend to change more rapidly compared to younger animals, so it's important that a vet thoroughly and regularly examines your animal to ensure that no underlying problem is brewing. If a problem is identified--whether on physical exam, blood test, or some other procedure--then treatment can be initiated as soon as possible, which can drastically improve outcomes for your senior pet.
- Modify your senior animal's diet and exercise as necessary. Older animals don't necessarily need the same amount (or type) of food and activity as they did when they were younger. Plus, older pets may require additional supplements to help manage a chronic health problem, such as arthritis or kidney disease. To ensure that your senior pet maintains a healthy weight and appropriate level of physical exercise, ask your vet for guidance. We also recommend that you also provide more mentally stimulated activities and loving physical contact to keep your animal safely engaged.
- Dental health matters at every stage of life--especially for senior animals. Brushing your older dog's teeth helps remove plaque and tartar build-up, which otherwise could cause health problems including infected teeth, gum disease, and difficulty eating. Our vet can give you helpful hints and tools for brushing your animal's teeth in between its senior pet wellness exams.
Is Your Pet An "Old Soul?" Get In Touch With Our Veterinarian in Casper for Senior Pet Care
If you have an older animal at home, you want to make sure it has the all the specialized geriatric care that it needs to stay as healthy, comfortable, and happy as possible throughout its golden years. To schedule a senior pet care appointment with a veterinarian in Casper, or to learn more about our other comprehensive veterinary services, contact Westside Animal Hospital today.