At Providence South Animal Hospital, we provide quality veterinary geriatric care for senior cats and dogs in Waxhaw.
Caring for Senior Dogs & Cats
With age, pets become more susceptible to certain illnesses and disorders, just like humans.
Preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis can help extend your pet's life and general wellbeing. Even if they seem healthy, it’s important to bring your pet in for routine exams.
At Providence South Animal Hospital, our veterinarians know what to look for, and may be able to spot health problems early on, while they are more easily manageable.
Common Geriatric Health Issues
Cats and dogs today are living longer than ever before thanks to improvements in veterinary care and dietary habits. This means that pet owners and veterinarians are now faced with far more age-related conditions that ever before.
Pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people as the age, including:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Urinary Tract Disease
- Sight & Hearing Loss
- Liver Disease
- Joint or Bone Diseases
About Geriatric Pets
Small dogs and cats are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs, which tend to have shorter life spans, are considered geriatric at the age of 6.
What To Expect at a Geriatric Appointment
During the appointment, we will carefully examine your senior pet, ask detailed questions about how they are behaving at home, and perform tests for further insight into their internal systems.
Based on our findings, we'll recommend activities, medications, and dietary changes to improve your pet’s health and wellbeing.
As your veterinary team, it's our job to diagnose your pet's health problems and develop a plan of action and treatment to keep them happy, comfortable and healthy into their golden years.