Senior Cat Wellness

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  • May 16, 2011
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As cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your cat remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer, too!

Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a cat’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney and thyroid problems all increase with age. In addition, cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced.

Senior status generally begins around 10 years old. We can help you determine what life stage your pet is in.

Before your cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your cat so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your cat turns 8 years of age. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.

We can offer personalized recommendations to help alleviate symptoms that are commonly attributed to age. We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your cat comfortable.

We will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!