Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

As our pets live longer, they become an even greater presence in the lives of their human companions. Advances in veterinary medicine allow us to deal with the unique challenges of growing older. We take a strong interest in the early recognition and treatment of diseases that impact senior and geriatric pets. From options in screening bloodwork, dietary considerations, and behavioral challenges, to pain management and difficult end of life choices, we put a special focus on outstanding care of the geriatric pet. Because organ systems age more rapidly in our senior pets than they do in ourselves, we recommend complete physical examinations at least every six months when pets become seniors. This allows us to pick up on disease earlier, before it becomes more difficult to treat or creates discomfort in your pet. We also offer hospice care, where nursing staff or the doctor can make visits to your home for comfort care or evaluations of pets facing serious or terminal diseases. The difficulty of transporting pets, and the stress they may experience in the face of illness, can often add to the burden for the patient and family members alike. Please contact the office for more details about hospice care options.

Have you been noticing changes in your pet's behavior? This checklist will help you decide if one of our Senior Wellness packages is for your pet. Click here for a printable version of this checklist to bring to your appointment with you.