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Aging Pet Care

Aging pet care comes with unique things to consider due to the age of your pet.  This is when having a well-trained and experienced veterinarian like Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen makes a huge difference.

We just want the best for your pet and know if you have us provide the care, all of the bases will be covered.

Special Care For Aging Pets

Although the age at which dogs and cats are considered a senior can vary by breed, we like to start seeing pets for bi-annual exams around age seven.

Like people, older pets have an increased risk of kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, senility, and general weakness.

Staying on top of these issues helps improve the quality of life for your pet in the senior years. Mobility challenges and behavior changes are also more common with older pets.  We have care plans specifically for aging pets.

Care For Your Aging Companion

We know if you have an older pet, you are very attached to them! Thanks to advances in the veterinary field, cats and dogs are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that differ from younger pets, and they require more frequent checkups. The veterinary staff at Companion Animal Medical Centre works with you to develop a care plan to ensure your pet is happy, healthy, and as pain-free as they can be during his or her “golden years.”

A german shepard posing against a yellow backgroundPets age more rapidly than humans.  Cats and dogs pets are considered to be “seniors” around the age of 7. The key to keeping older dogs and cats healthy and happy is prevention and detection. The same can certainly be said about younger pets!

Symptoms of chronic condition or disease may not be easy to spot in older pets. Sometimes, conditions that look like the usual signs of old age could actually be signs of a more serious problem. Some of these include cancer, arthritis, kidney failure and periodontal disease. Add in the fact that dogs and cats are very skilled at hiding pain and you have a recipe for missing serious issues.

We recommend that all older pets have a physical examination performed every 6 months. During the checkup, we may also perform routine blood tests that can detect preliminary signs of diabetes, heart disease, heartworm infection, and other health risks. Radio-graphs and a urinalysis may also be performed in order to detect chronic or underlying medical conditions if we notice anything that is off.

Early detection and treatment of these conditions can prevent much larger problems for your pet down the road.

Geriatric Pet Care

Geriatric pet care packages include a comprehensive exam, chemistry analysis, urinalysis, and radio-graphs. Dr. Steffen is an experienced vet you can trust to care for your senior cat or dog.

A dog having his blood drawnYour pet still may act like a playful puppy, but most pets are considered “seniors” between the ages of 6 and 11. When your companion enters his or her golden years, preventive health care becomes more important than ever.

We encourage our clients to bring their older pets in for a special wellness exam designed specifically for older pets. This exam includes all the procedures found in a routine annual exam, as well as a general health profile (GHP). A GHP is a series of tests that assess the health of your pet’s kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. The GHP also includes a urinalysis and complete blood count (CBC). During a senior wellness exam, Dr. Steffen will also discuss with you healthy diet tips for your aging pet.

  • Having your female cat or dog spayed reduces their risk of developing breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. 
  • Neutering your male cat prevents unwanted behavior such as urine marking, roaming, fighting, and aggression.
  • Pets are much safer when they're at home. Spaying or neutering helps prevent roaming behavior, making it far more likely your pets  will stick close to home and be easier to locate in the unfortunate event they're lost.
  • Kittens as young as 8 weeks old can be safely neutered or spayed, completely preventing your female cat from ever going into heat or your male cat from urine spraying.
  • Having your pet spayed or neutered is much more cost effective than taking care of an unexpected litter of kittens.
  • The number of both cats and dogs euthanized each year has been decreasing in part to spay and neuter campaigns. We'd love to see this continue!
  • Your pets will be as sleek as ever! The idea that having your pet spayed or neutered will make them overweight is a myth. 

Caring For Cats and Dogs in Greater Cincinnati!

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Companion Animal Medical Centre

Your Local Veterinarian In Cincinnati, OH

922 State Route 28, Unit C
Milford, OH 45150

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(513) 999-2262

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