Bay Road Animal Hospital Offers Senior Care For Pets
When your pet begins to show signs of aging, you want to provide the best care you can to extend life and enjoy time with them. Your veterinarian can be your partner by providing veterinary care specifically designed for older animals, to help them make the most of their later years.
At Bay Road Animal Hospital in Sarasota, FL, we understand the special care that older pets need.
Special Needs of Senior Pets
Senior pets may slow down their activity levels. They may be less inclined to go on long walks or may be reluctant to climb stairs. Their usual food may cause upsets or constipation. They may sleep more or forego their normal play activities. Older pets may begin to put on weight because of lack of exercise. They may develop problems with their teeth. Certain metabolic conditions can occur, such as diabetes or liver disorders. Regular exams, blood tests and other measures can detect these problems, so your vet can provide proper treatment.
Health Conditions Found in Senior Pets
Senior pets are often subject to several different health problems that affect their daily lives and function. They may have osteoarthritis that causes pain and stiffness with movement, which can prevent them from getting needed exercise. Heart, liver and kidney conditions can occur that may require regular medication. Your pet may be overweight, which can lead to several health problems, as it can in humans. Senior pets can also develop gastrointestinal problems or urinary problems that require treatment. Your vet can help with thorough examinations and testing to detect and manage these issues.
Caring For Your Senior Pet
Pet owners can provide extra care to help their senior pets stay healthy and happy. Provide soft bedding to protect joints, out of the way of cold drafts. Talk to your vet about nutritious, easy-to-digest foods that will provide the nutrients your older pet needs. See that your pet has regular exercise, suitable for his or her age and condition. Take your pet in for more frequent checkups to manage health conditions and maintain good quality of life.
Make Bay Road Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian For Senior Care
The veterinarians and staff at Bay Road Animal Hospital are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for patients in Sarasota, FL and nearby communities. We offer many veterinary services, including vaccinations, surgery, dental care, diagnostic, nutritional counseling and boarding.
Contact Bay Road Animal Hospital today at 941-366-2275 for their Bay Road and Osprey location, or 941-378-1236 for their Honore and 17th location, to learn more about options for caring for your senior pet
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