A Long & Happy Life for Your Pet Friend
Our pet companions become increasingly important to us as the years go by. At Care Animal Hospital, we know that not every pet should be considered a senior when he or she reaches the age of 7 years. But as pets get older, we do need to look at them a little differently. Depending on the breed and lifestyle, senior status may be attained earlier for some pets and later for others.
Senior Pet Care Benefits Older Cats and Dogs
With continuing improvements in veterinary care, we can do much more to ensure that your best friend can remain with you much longer. We encourage you to take advantage of our Wellness Package with a Senior Early Detection Panel for comprehensive care with your aging pets.
During wellness examinations twice a year, your pet will receive a gentle hands-on exam, and he or she will be screened for these common age-related conditions:
• Abnormal kidney and liver function
• Heart disease
• Dental problems and disease
• Thyroid problems
We also recommend the Senior Early Detection Profile for advanced screening for age-related illnesses. Early detection of disease gives us a better opportunity to successful treat it.
Older Pets Can Stay Active
Just because your dog or cat is a senior, there is no reason that he or she has to slow down. Many new medications and dietary supplements are available to help improve your pet’s quality of life. Pain medication for chronic arthritis can help your pet be happier and more relaxed. A change in diet and exercise may help to keep your pet in good condition and to have better mobility.
We will make sure you have the information you need to take preventive steps to help keep your pet healthy and happy.
End of Life
Care Animal Hospital’s entire staff wants your pet to have the best quality of life possible. When the bad days start to outnumber the good ones, it may be time to consider other options. Your pet’s veterinarian will work with you to determine when humane euthanasia may be the right answer. We do everything we can to make this experience as easy as possible for you. Sedation will calm your pet and you will have plenty of time to say goodbye. Because you know best, we encourage you to decide whether to be with your pet or not.
We will be a liaison between our hospital and local funeral homes to arrange for your pet’s final needs. We have a close relationship with Loyal and True Cremations and will help you to make any arrangements you might need. When you lose a pet, we like to create a paw print that we will present to you as a memento of your beloved companion. In addition, because we know how hard this experience can be, we will always offer you the compassion and care that you need.