Veterinary Care for Senior Dogs in Long Island City
With a focus on wellness and preventative care, the doctors and staff of Court Square Animal Hospital are here to support you when your dog reaches their senior years. Like humans, dogs are prone to illness and health conditions as they age, but many of these problems are manageable with medication, treatments, and careful monitoring.
Age-related diseases and chronic illnesses are a part of living with an older dog. Early diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses is critical to your dog’s long-term health and quality of life. Many conditions can be prevented from progressing into more serious illnesses when detected early and managed properly.
Our goal is for you and your dog to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together. For this reason, we recommend a comprehensive exam every 6 months, including routine annual blood tests and urinalysis for your senior dog so that we can detect conditions early when intervention is most effective.
Signs of Aging in Dogs
Because dogs age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend that you call our office to schedule an appointment for an exam.
- Weight loss
- Decrease in appetite
- Bad breath or drooling
- Increased appetite, especially if accompanied by weight loss
- Excess urination
- Increased water intake
- Reduced exercise, increased stiffness, trouble jumping or walking
- Apparent pain when your dog moves or is handled
- Any vomiting, abnormal stool or decreased frequency of bowel movements
- A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
- Bloated abdomen
- Depression or listless behavior
- Excessive panting
- Heavy or rapid breathing when resting
Senior Care at Home
As your dog gets older, it is important to minimize stress with a comfortable lifestyle. There are many ways to make small adjustments in your dog’s life to keep them comfortable as they age. For example, adding additional bedding gives their aging joints a soft place to rest, or providing a ramp to assist your dog getting into the car or up the stairs. Make it easier for them to get to their favorite places and avoid unexpected falls.
A proper diet and plenty of exercise can also help your senior dog stay healthy. This will help your dog maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Regular play and exercise will also keep their mind sharp and strengthen the bond you share with your dog.
The entire staff at Court Square Animal Hospital is here to help you and your dog through every life stage. Please contact us today to schedule your dog’s senior wellness exam and to discuss any questions you have about your dog’s healthcare.
House Calls are offered through our sister-hospital House Call Veterinary Care Long Island.
Services offered at West Hills Animal & Emergency Hospital
- 24hr Emergency & Critical Care
- Laser Therapy
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Specialty Surgery (including orthopedic surgery)
Specialty veterinary care offered at Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care:
- Integrative Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Specialty Surgery