At Redwood Pet Clinic, we are proud to offer comprehensive Greenbrae and Marin County senior pet care services. From semi-annual wellness exams to nutritional counseling, our Greenbrae and Marin County pet senior care helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. While physical symptoms of aging are obvious, internal changes are more difficult to identify. It is these internal changes that can have the biggest impact on a pet’s health, increasing the risk for everything from heart disease to arthritis. Early diagnosis of health problems is essential to reducing the risk for long-term health complications and helping pets live a longer, healthier life.
Senior Pet Care Services Include Wellness Exams, Vaccinations & Nutrition Counseling
Pets are considered “seniors” at different ages. For example, large breed dogs may need senior care starting at eight or nine years. In contrast, cats and smaller breed dogs may not need senior care until they are twelve years or older. Every pet is different, and our veterinarian works closely with each pet owner to determine the age at which pets will require additional Greenbrae pet senior care. Pet owner vigilance is also important. We encourage pet owners to keep a close eye on pets for signs of aging, including hearing or eyesight loss, decreased mobility, and weight gain.
Our veterinarian recommends scheduling a wellness exam every six months. Older pets age rapidly and significant health changes can occur in just six months. During this wellness exam our veterinarian will conduct diagnostic blood work, which provides a “snapshot” of your pet’s internal health. For example, changes to your pet’s white blood cell or platelet count could indicate the progression of cancer, an infection, a thyroid imbalance or other health problem.
During a semi-annual Greenbrae pet senior care exam, our vet will also confirm that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Vaccinations protect against highly contagious and deadly illnesses, including rabies, parvo and distemper. While these illnesses can be deadly for pets at any age, they can cause serious problems for senior pets. Older pets have a weaker immune system and are thus less effective at fighting off illnesses. Additionally, should your aging pet become ill, your dog or cat may not be able to handle the rigorous treatments necessary to fight off this disease.
Since older pets may be less active due to arthritis or other health conditions, older pets are also more likely to gain weight. Overweight pets are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. We weigh pets at every appointment to confirm that they have not gained excess weight – or suddenly lost weight. Sudden weight loss may be a symptom of undetected illness, such as cancer. Monitoring your pet’s diet and weight will help prevent unexpected weight problems and ensure early diagnosis of potential health conditions.
From vaccinations to routine blood work, our veterinarian is passionate about Greenbrae pet senior care. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can best support your pet’s health.