At the Overlook Veterinary Hospital, we place a great deal of importance on the needs and issues encountered by senior pets. As reported by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 30 million pets are older than 8 years of age, and we know that their health care needs are much more intensive than a middle-aged healthy adult. Each patient is different, so recommendations for each individual pet may vary, and the program for a particular patient may need to be adjusted frequently over time.
Just as human beings, when pets go through the aging process, they confront new issues not seen in their younger years. Some slowing down is natural for an older pet(s), but many also start to run into the onset of kidney issues, tumors and arthritis and other medical challenges.
As pets age, stress upon vital internal organs is also likely to become more serious. Vitamin requirements generally increase, and nutritional needs differ greatly from those of younger pets. Sources of chronic infection, such as tooth and gum disease, can negatively affect internal organs and contribute to failing health. Aging also increases the risks of arthritis, disk disease, and other skeletal problems. Many of these problems can be easily detected and can controlled if diagnosed early and treated properly.
Our senior care programs allows us to help increase your pet’s lifespan through proactive preventive health care. Regular visits and vaccinations provide essential tools in longevity. Annual exams and preventative medicine will help us better identify and treat medical issues early on to deliver the best possible senior care. In the case of an already sick pet, we offer a variety of care and solutions to improve their condition of life. We provide diagnostic and senior services for your pet including, but not limited to:
- Annual Exams
- Cancer, Kidney, Liver and Heart Disease Screening
- Comprehensive Blood Panels
- Fecal Testing
- Flea, Tick, Heartworm Control
- Nutritional Counseling
- Parasite Classifying and Eradication
- Urine Testing
- Weight Management