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Senior Pet Care

Jun 12 2022


Compassionate Senior Pet Wellness

At Canton, we take the “golden years” of your pet’s health and our role very seriously. Senior pet wellness requires special care and special screening diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is maintaining the highest quality of life with increased age.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets in good health. When dogs and cats enter the senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. Senior care, which starts with the regular veterinary exam, is needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis. 

AAHA ( American Animal Hospital Association)  recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. Keep in mind that every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to 5–7 human years. In order stay current with your senior pet’s health care, twice-a-year exams are a must. During the senior health exam, veterinarian will ask you a series of questions regarding any changes in your pet’s activity and behavior.

The veterinarian will also conduct a complete examination of all of your pet’s body systems. Client education and laboratory testing are also key components of the senior exam.

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Senior Pet Health Conditions We Treat

During your pet’s “golden years” certain health conditions are more prevalent concerns. Here at CAH, we get ahead and treat the below conditions in senior dogs and cats

Joint or Bone Disorders

There are various metabolic bone diseases that can be seen in cats and dogs as they grow older. In dogs, hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis are two common ones. Speak with our veterinarian team to explore treatments for your pet.


Cancer, caused by abnormal cell growth is one sch condition that can affect aging pets. Dogs in particular are affected by more cancer forms than other companion animals. Common forms of pet cancers include skin and abdominal tumors, lymphoma, bone tumors, and more.

Heart Disease

Ther’s no single cause of heart disease in pets as aging, obesity, breed, and nutrition can all play a role. Diseases of the valves in the heart are common problems to occur in senior pets. Having your pet regularly checked can help detect or prevent heart conditions in your companion pet.

Metabolic Diseases

Metabolic diseases include diseases that disrupt or are unable to support normal function of the metabolic system. Common metabolic diseases include cancer, diabetes, and obesity, which largely plague canine companions.

Endocrine Disorders

Endocrine disorders refer to diseases in which the endocrine glands are either producing too much of a hormone, or not enough. These diseases affect the adrenal glands, the thyroid glands, and the pancreas.


This place was amazing! I called and was able to get in within 40 minutes of my call which was 2 hours before they closed too! I called at least 8 other Emergency Vets before calling them and I would go back in a heartbeat! The techs and DVM were wonderful and so caring. Alice, my 16-year-old cat, is happy to be back home.

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