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  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Senior Pet Care:
We Respect Your Senior Pet at Northgate Animal Hospital

Senior Pet Care

We assist you in helping your pet live a long, happy, and healthy life from birth to maturity. As your pets age, we may see a general slowing down. Major senses — sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell — can become dull, as can the animal’s response to stimuli. This slowing down is often subtle and might even go unnoticed.

Your aging pet may also exhibit age-related cognitive and behavioral changes. Regular senior health examinations can help catch and treat these problems before they become serious.

Our senior exam may include:

  • A thorough physical examination of your pet
  • Laboratory testing, such as blood work, thyroid profile, urinalysis, internal parasite exam, radiographs, and EKG
  • Parasite treatments and preventives
  • Oral health check-up
  • Lifestyle assessment, including nutrition, exercise, and behavioral concerns
  • Client education, to assist you in evaluating your maturing pet

Just as our medical needs change as we age, so do the needs of our pets. Pet owners are encouraged to work closely with us to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pets.

To assist veterinary hospitals in offering optimal care for senior pets, AAHA has issued a set of Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. These guidelines are a framework for veterinarians to provide optimal care for all senior pets. Enjoy this summary of the AAHA guidelines for Senior Pet Care. For “strictly feline” pet owners, download this summary of the AAFP Senior Cat Guidelines.

Northgate Animal Hospital offers ample time at each senior wellness visit to discuss all of your pet concerns. And when it is time to discuss end-of-life issues, we can make a plan that supports the dignity of your pet while accommodating your needs and wishes. In addition, our Pet Loss pages offer Online Memorials and a Pet Loss Library to support and guide you during that time.

The WebMD Pet Health Center answers your questions regarding End-of-Life Care for Pets. The AVMA brochure, How Do I Know When It’s Time?, is another helpful resource regarding end-of-life care.

For an informative and upbeat look at your mature pet, check out the CatAge or DogAge websites. This information is formulated by the medical professionals at RealAge.com and it’s free. Have fun while learning something new about your pet.