Senior Dog Care
At Islip Veterinary Hospital, we believe it is critical to intervene and catch health issues early by offering proactive, preventative senior dog care. The best time for you to begin your dog’s senior care program is before age-related conditions begin. Regular exams for your senior dog will prevent conditions and diseases that are common during their later years in life, such as bone and joint problems, hormone disorders, cancer, and diseases of the heart, kidney, and liver.
We encourage you to bring in your senior dogs for preventive care twice a year to keep them as healthy as possible. If you notice any signs of signs of vision or hearing loss, arthritis, or obesity please bring these symptoms to the attention of one of our veterinarians. Together we will manage your senior dog’s good health, vitality and increase his or her well-being.
Wellness Exams for Senior Dogs
As your dog ages, the type of medical care your dog needs changes too. Senior dog exams include an in-depth analysis of your dog’s overall health and senior dog diagnostic testing.
Your dog’s senior wellness exam will include:
- Behavioral evaluation and counseling
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing
- Detailed dental evaluation
- Heartworm testing and prevention
- Nutrition and diet recommendations
- Parasite testing and prevention
- Tailored vaccinations
Symptoms to Watch For in Your Senior Dog
Along with biannual wellness exams, your at-home observations are an important part in your senior dog’s health. If your dog is exhibiting any of these common signs of geriatric disease, please call us right away to schedule an appointment.
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Weight loss/gain
- Loss or decreased appetite
- Increased Thirst or urination
- Change in elimination behavior
- Difficulty or inability to climb or jump
- New lumps or bumps