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Compassionate Care for Senior Pets
in the Port Imperial & West New York NJ Area

Happy Old Dog

Annual exams are not just for puppies and kittens. As your pet matures, his or her overall health needs are sure to change, which is why both adult and senior pets benefit from routine wellness examinations. A lot can change since your pet’s last visit: from normal progressions such as changes in diet, to more serious developments such as the onset of age-related medical conditions and diseases, regular preventive care is critical to your pet’s long-term health.

Old Age Is Not a Disease

Pets age faster than people. One human year is comparable to five to seven pet years, which means that your pet’s senior years are never really that far away. As a result, we recommend that pets over 8 years of age receive wellness exams twice a year. These examinations provide us with much needed early opportunities to detect and treat potentially life-threatening medical conditions in your pet.

Some common conditions that affect senior pets include:

  • Tumors and cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney and urinary tract disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Joint and bone disease
  • Senility and behavioral problems
  • Weakness
  • Dental disease
  • Nutrition and weight changes

Signs of Potential Diseases

As your pet ages, you may begin to notice behavioral changes. These are often normal changes, but in some instances they may also be indicators of potential medical problems. A veterinarian should examine your pet if he or she exhibits any of the following changes:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Improper elimination
  • Disorientation
  • Reclusiveness
  • Changes in eating and sleep patterns

What to Expect at Your Pet’s Adult and Senior Visits

During your adult or senior pet's annual visit, Dr. Kim, Dr. Reese, and staff may recommend a number of services depending upon your pet’s health needs. These services may include, but are not limited to:

  • A physical examination
  • Diagnostic testing as needed
  • Examination of stool samples for parasite screening
  • Vaccination boosters as needed
  • Heartworm and tick disease testing
  • Leukemia and FIV testing in cats
  • Dental examination
  • X-rays as needed
  • A review of body condition, weight, and diet
  • Answers to any questions or concerns you may have

If you would like schedule your companion’s next exam, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you.