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Pet Senior Care for Dogs and Cats

Pet Senior Care for Dogs and Cats

pet senior care in Valencia for dogs and cats.jpgOur Valencia veterinarian, Dr. Baljit Grewal, has been working with dogs and cats of all ages here at Animal Medical Center since 1990. We always like to convey the importance of pet preventative care and proper pet senior care to all pet owners. Pet senior care is something everybody should think about since dogs and cats carry different needs as they begin to age.

Pet Preventative Care Helps with Aging Pets

Our Valencia veterinarian will let you know when your pet reaches senior status. The age at which your pet officially becomes a senior often depends upon the breed and size, but will usually be anywhere from age 7 to age 10. When your pet is a senior, they will need to have checkup exams more frequently as a part of pet preventative care -- twice a year may be typical for a healthy senior, but this varies depending upon medical needs and current status.

Senior pet exams will include a thorough examination, along with some questions for you about your pet's habits and behaviors. Sometimes unusual physical symptoms or specific concerns will require laboratory testing to isolate the issue. These tests are generally performed on-site, which gives you fast results for blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds, and more.

During exams, Dr. Grewal will recommend any necessary vaccinations. Sometimes the frequency and type of vaccines will change with age, and your pet will get recommendations specifically for him or her.

Regular flea and tick prevention, heartworm medication, and at-home dental care are all part of senior pet care. Be sure to administer all medications as directed, and brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a soft-bristle toothbrush and pet-specific toothpaste. Dr. Grewal may schedule teeth cleanings here at our facility as well, which are normally a yearly procedure to remove tartar and plaque that home brushing may leave behind.

Has your pet’s behavior changed as it has become older?