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How to Care For Senior Pets

Many factors are important for consideration as your pet enters his or her golden years. Some of these aspects include the size of your pet, breed, and current health condition. Dr. Gillon and our team at Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose would like to provide a brief overview of the best practices for senior pet care.

Common Issues with Senior Pets

Just like humans, pets undergo changes that will alter their needs. One of the most common problems is the development of arthritis and other degenerative diseases. Older pets can also develop dental diseases as a result of improper care earlier in life. As a result, a pet could experience oral complications, such as periodontal disease, cracked or broken teeth, and foul breath.

Tips to Care For Senior Pets

  • Pay attention to managing your pet's weight as it ages. Cats and dogs typically need to adjust their diets. Our veterinarian will help make sure your pet is getting the required nutrition. Obesity can lead to a variety of other issues, including cancer and liver diseases.
  • Oral health needs to be maintained through brushing and providing dental-friendly chew toys. Your pet's teeth will be evaluated during your pet’s annual examination.
  • Older pets need plenty of exercise as they age to maintain their energy levels. Senior dogs should go on short walks daily and cats need interactive equipment or toys.
  • Don't be afraid to provide the necessary accommodations to make life easier for your pet. You may want to consider a ramp for your dog to walk up or make climbing toys for your cats. Remember to have patience as your pet will likely exhibit different behaviors than in its younger years.
  • Routine visits with a veterinarian are imperative for older dogs and cats, at least once a year or even bi-annually. If we detect an issue early, the treatment will likely be more effective.

Contact Our Veterinarian in San Jose for Senior Pet Care

We pride ourselves on providing superior veterinary care for pets of all ages. Call our team at Willow Glen Pet Hospital today at (669) 342-7472 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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