Our team provides specialized care for older pets. Diet, exercise, obesity management and preventative medicine are important aspects of senior pet care.
The term “geriatric” or “senior” in veterinary medicine refers to the following age ranges in various breeds and species of pets:
- Small dogs and cats older than nine
- Medium to large dogs older than seven
- Giant breed dogs older than five
If you have an older pet and would like to learn more about best practices for geriatric pet care provided at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, please contact us.
Diagnosis and Treatment in Senior Pet Care
Senior-aged pets have unique needs and are susceptible to several treatable diseases, the most common of which are listed below. In an effort to diagnose and treat these diseases early, we recommend comprehensive annual wellness testing, as well as targeted diagnostics as problems arise. To ensure your pet receives appropriate senior pet care for life-long wellness and/or disease management, please discuss your concerns with your veterinarian.
Some diseases and health concerns faced by geriatric pets include:
- Dental Disease
- Congenitive Dysfunction Syndrome (Canine Senility)
- Cushing’s Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Heart Disease
- Bronchitis and Chronic Asthma
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Degenerative Neurological Diseases