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Senior Dog Care

Senior Canine Wellness Care at Family Pet Animal Hospital

Biannual wellness exams help prevent many age-related conditions that can affect your dog’s health and comfort. Our senior wellness exams will help ensure that your companion stays in good health throughout their golden years. The senior wellness exam addresses conditions that older pets are more prone to such as bone and joint problems, hormone disorders, cancer, and diseases of the kidney, heart, and liver.

Your senior dog’s exam will include:

  • An in-depth consultation and review of your pet’s complete medical history
  • A thorough physical examination
  • Oral health evaluation
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing that may include a blood profile analysis, urinalysis, x-rays, or other tests depending on the needs of your pet.

During your pet’s exam, we can discuss any health changes your dog may be experiencing or any concerns you have about his or her health. We can help guide you in caring for your senior dog by providing advice on nutrition, exercise, mobility, and changes in your pet’s lifestyle. As your dog grows older, you may begin to notice changes in their appearance or behavior that are a part of the normal aging process. However, the following symptoms could indicate a problem that should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite or failure to eat for more than two days
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in local area (as opposed to general)
  • Seizures or convulsing

For more information about caring for your senior dog or to schedule an exam, call us today at 773-935-2311.

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