Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet CarePreventive health care is critical for senior pets. As pets age, they face an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health problems. Often, the symptoms are not readily apparent, and these diseases may go undetected and untreated. This makes preventive care vitally important for your pet.

We recommend senior pets undergo a complete physical examination every six months, with associated laboratory tests once a year. Early detection of disease results in faster treatment, leading to a much better quality of life for your favorite four-legged family member.

Signs To Watch For

Signs of "old age" in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet's health care, you are his or her most important partner. Please let us know if your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Stiffness or limping
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
  • Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
  • Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Changes in urination or defecation habits
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased responsiveness

Early Detection Is Key

Regular exams are the key to keeping your senior pet healthy. All senior exams at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod include a thorough physical evaluation of your pet. We also perform a number of diagnostic tests, including a comprehensive series of blood tests. These tests help us detect diabetes, heart disease, parasites and other health problems that may not be readily apparent during a physical examination.

Our veterinarians and staff will provide you with valuable information about keeping your senior pet healthy. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as physical therapy for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can help improve your pet's quality of life. We look forward to helping you and your best friend enjoy many more years together.

Senior Wellness Packages

Our senior wellness and early detection packages provide needed care for our senior patients with incredible value. The philosophy is simple - the best care for our senior patients with deep savings for our clients.

Senior pets need special care! Click on the links below to learn more about health care for your senior dog or cat.

Care for Senior Dogs

Care for Senior Cats

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