Quality Veterinary Care for Senior Pets in Frederick County, MD
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Regular veterinary examinations are essential to the health and longevity of your pet. However, as your pet enters his or her senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. Early detection of age-related problems, such as arthritis or chronic disease, is necessary to delay the onset or slow the progress of such health concerns.
At Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital, we recommend healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every 6 months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. This makes sense when you understand that pets age more rapidly than humans, and every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to 5Ė7 human years. Twice-a-year visits help us to identify and address developing problems in their primary stages. Early detection of veterinary diseases and conditions combined with prompt medical intervention significantly improves your petís quality of life and lifespan.
Senior Pet Exams
During the senior wellness exam, your veterinarian will ask you to complete our Senior Wellness Checklist regarding any changes in your petís activity and behavior such as:
- Changes in energy or activity level
- Difficulty eating
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Elimination accidents
- Episodes of confusion or disorientation
- Bad breath
- Decreased responsiveness to you
- Difficulty with stairs, jumping, or getting up
At every senior pet exam, our veterinarian will conduct a complete and thorough examination of all of your petís body systems and recommend basic laboratory testing. Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital offers a free blood pressure screening for every senior pet, providing baseline results. Should your pet require ongoing treatment and monitoring, we will create a plan to meet those needs and evaluate progress at every wellness visit.
With the goal of reducing stress to your companion animal, age-related issues such as chronic arthritis and degenerative diseases are treated with the least-invasive methods availableóa custom pain management program, lifestyle accommodations, and rehabilitation services. Visit our Veterinary Rehabilitation page for more about this effective program to increase comfort, agility, and quality of life for your aging pet.
Client education is a key component of the senior pet exam. Your Buckeystown veterinarian takes the time to discuss your concerns and provide the information and resources you need to make quality, educated decisions regarding your petís care. Visit our Pet Health pages for a wide variety of Pet Care Handouts, and Pet Care Videos.
Your aging animal companion deserves the best treatment possible to make those golden years comfortable and enjoyable. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your senior petóit is your way of saying ďThank you!Ē to your best friend.
Read this article about including veterinary rehabilitation into your senior petís treatment plan from the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).