Senior Pet Care: Changing Needs throughout the Life of Your Pet
Our pets are family, and just like grandparents and babies require different care, senior pets require different care than puppies and kittens. At Daycreek Animal Hospital, we take senior pet care seriously. The veterinarians in Rancho Cucamonga can help you navigate common issues that senior pets are more susceptible to, and guide you through your pet’s changing needs.
Senior Pet Care: Diet & Nutrition
Similar to how puppies and kittens require certain nutrients as they’re growing, senior pets have different diet requirements. As our pets age, their metabolism slows down and can lead to obesity. Lower calorie diets are recommended. High-fiber diets can help gastrointestinal health. Your veterinarian will be able to assess your pet and make personalized recommendations for any changes to diet or nutrition.
Mental & Behavioral Health in Senior Pets
Aging pets can suffer from cognitive decline. They can become easily disoriented or develop increased anxiety or aggression. These are common behavioral changes. You can help your pet with their mental health by working with one of our behavioral specialists. We can recommend an approach to treating mental and behavioral issues your pet may be experiencing. Mental health is equally as important as physical wellbeing when thinking about senior pet care.
Illness & Disease: Concerns for Senior Pets
As with their people, senior pets can develop a number of illnesses and conditions as they age. These include arthritis, hearing, and vision loss, as well as more serious conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer. Our team of veterinarians will assess your pets for these conditions and others. We want your senior pets to live full, healthy, pain-free lives, and early detection and treatment for these conditions and others is vital to that goal!
The best way to care for your senior pet is by getting regular physical exams by a board-certified veterinarian. At Daycreek Animal Hospital, our team of top-notch veterinary providers will provide a comprehensive, “snout-to-tail” exam of your pet. Based on the results, we may recommend further diagnostic testing, a change in diet or nutrition, a behavioral consult, or medication available through our in-house pharmacy. Our goal is to provide care for your pets throughout their lives, and senior pets are no exception.