Foothills IL Veterinarian and Animal Clinic

3151 E. Chandler Blvd • Phoenix, AZ 85048
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M • W • F 7:30am - 5:30pm | T • Th 7:30am - 7:00pm
Sat 8:00am - Noon
480.759.9721
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Senior Pet Veterinary Care, Phoenix AZ

Signs of Aging in Pets

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Regular preventative care becomes even more important for senior cats and dogs to prevent or delay the types of diseases that older animals are more prone to, including kidney, heart, and liver disease; cancers; organ failure; osteoarthritis; and hormone disorders, among others. Remember that animals age at a rate of five to seven times that of humans, so more frequent wellness visits are strongly recommended to make sure that all of your pet’s healthcare needs are still being met.

We offer programs that are tailored specifically for the needs of senior dogs and cats, which include a complete blood count, urinalysis, blood-chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest special formulated food for your pet, whose new nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet.

One of the best things that you can do for your cat or dog is to keep him or her active. Play and exercise will help to slow the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process.

Please also be watchful for any of the following warning signs, as provided by the American Animal Hospital Association. They indicate a problem which should be diagnosed by a veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite or failure to eat for more than two days
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in local area (as opposed to general)
  • Seizures or convulsing
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