Oxford Animal Hospital Offers Pet Geriatric Care
The passage of years affects animals, just as it does people. Pets need special consideration as they age to maintain good condition, feel comfortable, and to enjoy life. At Oxford Animal Hospital in The Villages, FL, we have the experience to provide the special care older pets need.
Older Animals Need Special Care
Your older pet may need special consideration as the years go by. These animals may develop hearing or vision problems. They may develop cognitive issues that affect behavior. Their internal organs may not function as well. They may develop arthritis that makes movement more difficult. These problems can be alleviated with regular treatment by your veterinarian.
Veterinary Conditions That Often Affect Senior Pets
Older animals may have stiff joints, discomfort and reduce mobility from osteoarthritis, a condition that occurs from wear and tear from normal movement. Pets may develop gastrointestinal problems or constipation as their systems slow down. Diabetes can develop in overweight pets. Heart disease, kidney disease and liver disorders can occur in older animals. During regular vet visits, your vet can test for these conditions and offer medications and other therapies to help.
Other Ways You Can Help Your Older Pet
Your senior pet may not be as active as in previous years, but getting exercise is still important. You can fashion daily walks for cooler times of the day or on soft surfaces to make the exercise easier. Padded bedding can help to cushion tender joints. Choosing the right foods can help digestion.
You can also arrange your home to accommodate vision and hearing limitations. Your vet can advise you ways to make your home safer and more comfortable for your older pet. Vision and hearing ability may diminish over the years. Some animals may develop cognitive problems that affect their behavior. Veterinarians can provide solutions to these problems to help your pet be more active, more comfortable and more engaged in life.
Make Oxford Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in The Villages, FL
Dr. Leah Girard and the team at Oxford Animal Hospital are committed to providing quality care for their patients in The Villages, FL at every stage of life. We offer a range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, preventative care, surgery, diagnostics and microchipping. Contact Oxford Animal Hospital today at 352-461-1346 for an appointment to learn about geriatric care that can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.