Senior Pet Care with our Bakersfield Veterinarian
Do you have an older pet in need of medical care? The veterinarian of At The Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield is here to meet the health needs of your aging animal. Keep reading for more information about how we care for senior pets.
What to Do First
Animals of all ages need to come in for a yearly wellness exam to make sure they are healthy and have no underlying health issues that may become serious later on. Senior pets should come in at least twice a year for checkups. We have an animal hospital online form that you can fill out at your convenience and turn in before your pet's initial exam. We can then get started in helping your animal stay healthy for as long as possible.
When a Pet is Considered Old
Age varies with animals and breeds, but cats and dogs are generally considered old around the age of 7. This is also when you want to keep an eye out for behaviors and health issues unique to older pets, as explained below.
Health Issues in Senior Pets
As animals get older, they may be susceptible to certain health issues that would not be a concern when they were younger. Health issues in senior pets include liver disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, weakness, urinary tract and kidney diseases, bone or joint disease, and senility. Please contact our veterinarian if you think your pet is showing signs of any of these illnesses.
Behavior Changes to Look Out for in Older Pets
Pets may start exhibiting behaviors if they are ill. Changes in behavior may also be a sign that your pet is getting older, but it doesn't hurt to make an appointment for an exam to make sure these behaviors aren't signs of a serious illness. Behaviors to look out for include an increase in anxiety, reacting to sounds more frequently, changing sleep patterns, confusion, wandering more often, not interacting as much with people, irritability, and more.
How We Can Help
Bringing your senior pet in for an annual or biannual veterinary exam is important to make sure that they are healthy and don't have any health issues that may become serious later on. Our veterinarian will check for physical signs of illness, parasites, check the weight of your pet, and perform a dental exam.
Bakersfield Veterinary Animal Hospital in Bakersfield, CA!
Make an appointment today with us so that we can help keep your senior pet happy and healthy during its golden years. You can visit us in At The Oaks Pet Hospital, 9887 Camino Media, Bakersfield, CA 93311. You can also make an appointment over the phone by calling (661) 665-8950.