Senior Pet Health Awareness
Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia is the veterinarian of choice for senior pet care. As our fur babies or exotic animals age, their needs and issues change just like people do. Educating yourself on these changes can make your beloved family pets more comfortable and happier as they age.
Signs of Old Age
- Geriatric pets will often slow down and become less active. You may notice them gain or lose weight. Our Livonia animal hospital can advise you on the appropriate food, supplements, and exercise to keep a healthy pet.
- Regular, semi-annual veterinary visits including staying up to date on vaccines, heartworm and flea medications, bloodwork and other testing, will ensure your pets live a long, quality life. Dental cleanings and exams are very important as gum disease or infection can affect other parts of the body.
- As your canine or feline ages, he/she may develop age-specific conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and other problems with the body systems. Sheehy Animal Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Sheehy, will check for these types of degenerative diseases and prescribe medications to keep your pets as pain-free as possible. Our veterinary staff can also help with nutrition advice that will better control some of these developments.
- Your pets could develop senility or incontinence, becoming confused in certain circumstances or in everyday life. Be patient and kind when dealing with this issue.
- As the body slows down, your pet may need to avoid stairs and strenuous walking or running. Moving your pet’s bed to the lower level of your home may become necessary.
Sheehy Animal Hospital, conveniently located in Livonia, will provide the very best care for your pet. We also care for exotic animals! If you are looking for a Livonia animal hospital, give us a call today: (248) 206-3030.