When your dog or cat reaches the age of seven, the veterinarians and staff at Pet Medical Center Sunland consider your animal to be a senior pet needing more observation and a bit more care. Old pets are prone to developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer, kidney and heart disease, and degenerative joint disease. Our professional staff recommends semiannual wellness examinations for your senior pet for early detection of potential health risks.
Your senior pet’s wellness visit includes physical, dental, arthritis, and rectal exams, blood and urine tests, fecal analysis, and a body condition score.
If your senior dog or cat displays any of the following signs, you should contact us immediately for an appointment:
- Trouble eating
- Bad breath
- Drinking and urinating more
- Weight loss
There are many things our staff can do to enhance your pet’s aging process:
- Change your animal’s diet and give you nutritional support
- Add joint and vitamin supplements
- Pain management through anti-inflammatories, and light narcotics.
- Provide immune support
- Assess your pet’s dental disease
- Clean your dog or cat’s teeth
As your pet reaches the end of its life, we strive to make your dog or cat’s final days comfortable and less stressful for you. At your request, the veterinanrians and staff at Pet Medical Center Sunland make every attempt to provide euthanasia in the comfort of your own home whether that’s in Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, or Shadow Hills. We make all the necessary arrangements and if the Doctor is unavailable we will help you to arrange to have another house call doctor perform this compassionate service.
For the best possible care for your senior pet, be sure to contact the veterinarians and staff at Pet Medical Center Sunland today. And for additional information, view our video on geriatric wellness.