Keeping Your Pet Healthy During the Golden Years
Your pet has been a faithful companion through the years. As pets enter the golden years, they need us to be there for them. New England Animal Hospital is proud to be your veterinary health care provider and can offer information to help ensure your senior pet maintains good health.
Up until now, annual wellness exams have been sufficient in meeting your pet’s veterinary needs. However, as your pet enters the senior years, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent exams, most likely every 6 months. Yearly blood screens can be beneficial in tracking your senior pet’s health and wellbeing as well.
Vaccinations are an easy and cost-effective way to prevent your pet from contracting a variety of disease and illnesses. Continuing to keep your pet’s vaccination record up-to-date is important for his or her health, as well as the rest of your family.
As you pet ages, he or she may require changes or modifications in diet, whether different supplements or softer food. Our veterinarians and staff are trained to assist you in identifying a diet that meet the specific nutritional needs of your pet.
During your pet’s routine wellness exam, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity, checking for signs of tartar buildup that can lead to serious periodontal disease and infection. If needed, we may recommend professional teeth cleaning, available by appointment at New England Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art dental suite.
There are simple changes you can make around your home to keep your senior pet more comfortable:
- Keep them warm — As your pet ages, he or she may have a harder time maintaining body temperature. Providing extra blankets, towels, or a sweater will assist your pet in staying warm.
- Easy access — Make sure your pet’s bed and food are close to the ground and easily accessible, as he or she may have a harder time moving around. In addition, a soft and comfortable bed will help ensure your pet gets a good night’s sleep.
- Stairs — If your pet is allowed on the furniture or on your bed, considering providing steps for him or her to use, as jumping may become more and more difficult.