Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet Photo

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?”
Theophile Gautier

As animals age, they require changes in diet, exercise, and medical care. At Continental Animal Wellness Center, the senior pet is our most distinguished customer. A long and healthy life is our goal for every animal we treat. Insight, compassion, and respect for you and your senior pet is our standard of care.

The senior pet exam may include these additions to the typical wellness exam:

  • Blood work
  • Screening for diabetes, thyroid disease, and kidney or liver problems
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Orthopedic evaluation
  • Oral and dental exams
  • Nutritional assessment

Weight gain and loss of energy often plague the aging pet and, just like humans, the answer is obvious: diet and a low-impact exercise regime. In your senior visit, we will review your pet’s diet and recommend changes as well as offering options for an amended exercise program. The happy side-effect for many pet owners is an increase in their own fitness as they walk and play with their senior pet.

Should your senior pet require more complex medical intervention, we are experienced in the following geriatric concerns:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Mobility changes and limitations
  • Pain management
  • End-of-life support

If your senior pet has pain from arthritis or faces surgical procedures, visit our Acupuncture page for more information on this treatment option. We work with you to enhance the quality of life for your senior pet and to keep your companion safe, healthy, and vigorous for a long time.