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Senior Pet Care

Jun 12 2022


Compassionate Care for Your Senior Pet's Golden Years

Understanding and Supporting the Journey of Aging

At Canton Animal Hospital, we approach the care of senior pets with the utmost seriousness and compassion, recognizing the special attention and tailored care these cherished members of your family require as they age. Senior pets face unique health challenges, and our goal is to ensure they maintain the highest quality of life possible through these golden years.

The Critical Role of Regular Veterinary Exams

As pets enter their senior years, regular health examinations become crucial. These exams are foundational to senior pet care, enabling the early detection and management of age-related conditions such as organ decline and osteoarthritis. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) advises that healthy senior dogs and cats undergo a complete veterinary examination and laboratory testing every six months. Given that each year in a dog’s or cat’s life is equivalent to 5–7 human years, semi-annual check-ups are essential to stay on top of your senior pet's health needs.

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Tailored Wellness for the Senior Stage

During the comprehensive senior health exam, our veterinarians engage with pet owners through a detailed discussion about any observed changes in activity, behavior, or overall health. This dialogue is pivotal in tailoring our care to each pet's specific needs. A thorough physical examination of all body systems is conducted, assessing everything from dental health to joint mobility. This hands-on assessment, combined with client education and targeted laboratory testing, forms the backbone of our senior pet wellness program.

Our Commitment to Senior Pet Wellness

Our senior pet care services are designed to address the full spectrum of health and wellness concerns faced by aging pets:

  • Detailed Health Examinations: Focused on identifying and managing age-related health issues.

  • Laboratory Testing: Essential for early detection of diseases and monitoring organ function.

  • Pain Management: Strategies to alleviate discomfort from conditions like osteoarthritis.

  • Nutritional Counseling: Tailored advice to meet the changing dietary needs of senior pets.

  • Activity and Behavior Assessment: Insights into how aging affects your pet’s daily life and happiness.

Our team is dedicated to providing the education and support needed to make informed decisions about your senior pet’s health care. Together, we can ensure your pet’s golden years are filled with comfort, love, and the highest quality of life possible.

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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