Senior Pet Care
Learn more about our senior pet care services below.
Compassionate Senior Care for Your Beloved Pets in Brookfield, CT
At Brookfield Animal Hospital, we recognize that your pets are beloved members of your family and not just objects to be cared for. They require particular care and attention as they get older since their needs alter. Our Senior Care services can help with that by giving your elderly pets exceptional care so they can fully enjoy their golden years. Arthritis, cataracts, glaucoma, degenerative joint disease, heart issues, cancers, thyroid problems, kidney problems…while the list of things that can go wrong with dogs or cats as they age is very serious, it’s also fairly predictable. We have a LOT of experience diagnosing these serious, but common issues at their very earliest stages. That means we can be more successful at treating them or keeping your pet feeling well and living longer. Waiting until your pet shows signs of disease often means that you’ve allowed the disease to progress to advanced degrees. Treating at this stage can be painful, less successful, and expensive.
The Benefits of Senior Care for Your Pet
Tailored Care Plans: We recognize that every senior pet is unique. Our experienced veterinarians create personalized care plans that take into account your pet’s age, breed, and any existing health conditions. This individualized approach ensures that your furry friend receives the specific care they need.
Early Detection and Prevention: Senior pets are more susceptible to age-related diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, and kidney problems. Our comprehensive physical examinations and laboratory testing help us detect and address these issues early, potentially improving your pet’s quality of life.
Pain Management: Arthritis and joint pain are common in senior pets. Our Senior Care program includes pain management strategies that can significantly enhance your pet’s comfort and mobility, allowing them to remain active and happy.
Nutritional Guidance: Senior pets have different dietary needs. We offer nutritional guidance and customized diet plans to ensure your pet receives the right nutrients to maintain a healthy weight and optimal health.
Dental Care: Dental health is crucial for pets of all ages, but it becomes even more critical as they get older. Our Senior Care services include dental check-ups and treatments to prevent dental issues that can affect your pet’s overall well-being.
Emotional Support: Senior pets often require extra attention and care, not just physically but emotionally. Our team is trained to provide compassionate support and companionship to senior pets, helping them feel loved and secure.
The age at which dogs and cats are considered seniors can vary depending on various factors, including breed, size, and individual health.
- Small dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Dachshunds, are considered seniors around the age of 7 to 8 years old.
- Medium-sized dogs, like Beagles or Bulldogs, often reach senior status between 6 to 7 years.
- Large dogs, such as Labradors or German Shepherds, may be considered seniors around 5 to 6 years.
- Giant breeds like Great Danes or Saint Bernards are typically classified as seniors by the age of 5 or even earlier.
Cats are generally considered seniors when they reach around 7 to 10 years of age. However, this can vary based on their individual health, lifestyle, and breed. Some cats may show signs of aging earlier, while others may remain quite spry into their later years.
It’s essential to remember that these age ranges are general guidelines, and individual pets can age differently. Regular check-ups with a veterinarian are crucial for assessing your pet’s health and specific needs as they enter their senior years. Senior pets may require adjustments in their diet, exercise routine, and medical care to ensure they enjoy a comfortable and healthy life as they age.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition in older pets that can significantly impact their quality of life. This degenerative joint disease is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. As pets age, the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis increases, but it can also affect younger animals, especially those with joint abnormalities or previous injuries.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis in older pets can include lameness, stiffness, reluctance to jump, run, or play, and an overall decrease in activity levels. They may also exhibit signs of pain, such as vocalization or changes in behavior.
Thankfully, there are various treatment options available to help manage osteoarthritis in older pets:
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be prescribed by a veterinarian to reduce pain and inflammation. Pain medications, such as Gabapentin, may also be recommended to manage discomfort. Biologics, administered as monthly injections, can help reduce the nerve pain that pets experience with arthritis improving their mobility and quality of life.
- Diet and Supplements: Specialized diets and supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin can support joint health. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce inflammation and improve joint function.
- Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for arthritic pets. Extra pounds put added stress on their joints, so a balanced diet and portion control are essential.
- Physical Therapy: Therapeutic exercises and modalities, such as hydrotherapy or laser therapy, can help improve joint mobility and alleviate pain.
- Orthopedic Aids: Orthopedic beds, joint-supporting braces, or harnesses can make your pet more comfortable and mobile.
- Surgical Options: In severe cases, joint replacement or joint fusion may be considered.
- Lifestyle Modifications: Adjustments to your pet’s living environment, such as ramps or steps for easier access to furniture, can improve their quality of life.
Experience the Difference at Brookfield Animal Hospital
Beyond only providing them with medical care, we are dedicated to giving your pets the best Senior Care possible. We are committed to protecting your furry family members’ health, happiness, and quality of life as they age because we recognize the strong link you share with them.
When you choose Brookfield Animal Hospital for Senior Care in Brookfield, CT, you can expect:
Expertise: Our veterinarians have extensive experience in senior pet care and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. We have the knowledge and skills to address the unique needs of senior pets.
Compassion: We treat every pet that walks through our doors with the same love and care as if they were our own. Your pet’s well-being and comfort are our top priorities.
Peace of Mind: With our Senior Care program, you can have peace of mind knowing that your senior pet is in capable and caring hands. We’re here to support you and your pet every step of the way.