Green Hills Veterinary Clinic

Senior Pet Care in Moberly, MO

As our beloved pets age, their needs change and they require more specialized care. Just like humans, senior pets need extra attention and care to ensure they live a happy and healthy life, and we are here to help!

When is My Dog or Cat Considered a Senior?

The age at which a pet is considered a senior varies depending on their breed and size. Generally, dogs and cats are considered seniors when they reach 7-9 years old. However, larger breeds tend to age faster and may be considered seniors as early as 5-6 years old. It is important to consult with us to determine when your pet should be considered a senior.

Why is Senior Pet Care Important?

Senior pets have different needs than younger pets and require specialized care to maintain their health and well-being. As they age, they may develop health conditions such as arthritis, dental disease, and kidney disease. Regular check-ups and preventative care can help catch these issues early and improve your pet's quality of life.

Signs of Aging in Pets

As your pet ages, you may notice changes in their behavior and appearance. Some common signs of aging in pets include:

  • Decreased activity and energy levels
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Difficulty getting up or walking
  • Changes in coat and skin
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Changes in behavior and sleep patterns

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to consult with us to determine the best course of action for your pet.

Arthritis in Senior Pets

Arthritis is a common condition in senior pets and can cause pain and discomfort.

Some signs of arthritis in pets include:

  • Difficulty getting up or moving around
  • Limping or favoring certain limbs
  • Stiffness or reluctance to move
  • Changes in behavior, such as increased irritability or aggression
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns

If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from arthritis, we may recommend X-rays or other diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for pet. If arthritis is confirmed, we may recommend joint supplements, pain medication, and physical therapy to help manage your pet's pain.

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