Senior Care FAQ

We at Paducah Veterinary Clinic in Paducah, KY, serve the surrounding area with veterinarian care. Whether your pet needs a wellness visit, pet exam, routine care, or vaccinations, our team has the treatments and technologies to care for your pet. Give us a call today.

Senior pet care is a form of veterinary health care designed for older pets. By identifying and treating senior conditions early, we can help increase your pet’s longevity.

Some factors affecting your senior pet’s health include genetics, breed, environment, health, exercise, and nutrition. Understanding how to care for your senior pet can be essential to helping him live a long, happy life. 

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When Does a Pet Become a Senior?

The age at which your pet could be considered “senior” may vary. It may most useful to consider your pet senior when he starts to suffer health problems due to his older age. Depending on the pet and the breed, this can come at a variety of different times. If you are uncertain if your pet has reached that age yet or would like to know when to expect health issues to start arising, a veterinarian on our team is here to help.

What Health Conditions Affect Senior Pets?

Senior pets are vulnerable to particular health concerns. Their immune systems are typically weaker and body systems have more wear and tear.

The following are some health conditions that can affect senior pets:

  • Dental disease
  • Arthritis
  • Joint or bone disease
  • Inflammatory issues
  • Kidney, heart, or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Frailty
  • Senility

How Can I Help My Senior Pet with Pain?

As your pet ages, aches and pain may become a daily occurrence. You can do several things to assist your pet and help make his life a little more comfortable.

Here are some ideas:

  • Schedule a routine care wellness visit.
  • Keep vaccinations up to date.
  • Install ramps where your pet needs help with mobility because of aching joints or arthritis.
  • Place rugs on slick floors to prevent slipping and injury.
  • Make sure he receives the appropriate exercise.
  • Do not give your pet medications meant for humans. Talk to our vet about other options.
  • Keep your senior pet in good mental health.

Get a Pet Exam, Vaccinations, and Routine Care from a Veterinarian

We at Paducah Veterinary Clinic in Paducah, KY, can provide senior pet care, tailoring treatments to your senior pet’s unique needs. After a pet exam and wellness visit, our vet will provide just the appropriate care for your pet.

Contact us today by calling (270) 443-8835. Your senior pet is in safe hands with us.

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