Your Old Friend Deserves the Best: Caring for North Huntsville
Area Senior Pets
If we’re lucky, we get to enjoy our pet’s complete lifespan of 7, 10, or 15 years. One cat lived to be 38 years old, according to Cat World Records. While that might be a bit extraordinary, it is a fact that our senior pets will require a little extra attention and TLC to keep them active, pain-free, and vital.
Just like in the case of humans, more health care issues arise as pets age. We will want to see your senior pet twice a year for exams. It is likely that we’ll run more blood work and lab tests. Catching and treating disease early, before it is in an advanced state, is always best for your pet and usually less costly.
Common senior pet conditions include:
- Joint problems
- Skin diseases
- Eye changes (cataracts, tumors, glaucoma)
- Renal and kidney problems
- Dental and periodontal disease
- Thyroid and adrenal issues
Arthritis and Joint Problems in Senior Pets
Many pets, particularly dogs, experience arthritis as they age. The Arthritis Foundation reports that arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the United States and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.
The good news is that Countryside Veterinary Hospital is poised to help pets suffering with arthritis. First, we will address nutrition and any weight loss issues your pet has. Obesity plays a factor in arthritis and joint issues. We’ll provide pain relief for your pet, using glucosamine and other nutraceuticals for joint support. We will also prescribe NSAIDS and anti-inflammatory drugs, as needed, for pain relief.
If orthopedics or chiropractic care is in order, we have two veterinarians on staff that have made that their special interest. Dr. Tavis White offers advanced orthopedic care and Dr. Troy Nelson is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.