Aging pet considerations and resources
We recommend senior exams at least every 6 months as dogs and cats get older. Generally starting around 8-10 years of age for cats and 6-8 years of age for dogs.
We recommend baseline metabolic screening and often annual or biannual testing for our pets as they age. Sometimes more frequent if we already have underlying disease conditions.
Why is this recommended?
- Acknowledges and enhances the human-animal bond
- Promotes early detection of abnormalities
- Promotes optimal and individualized medical care that may enhance the quality of life and promote longevity
- Helps assess and address: weight, orthopedic, behavioral and metabolic changes
Resources on senior pets, quality of life and pet grief:
- Quality of Life Scale – A guide for the aging and chronically ill pet
- Senior Cat Symptom Checklist
- Senior Dog Symptom Checklist
- AVMA senior pet FAQ – American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging – NPR Interview
- Loving Care for Older Cats – Cornell Feline Health Center
- “How will I know it’s time?” – Lap of Love
- Pet Quality of Life – Lap of Love
- At-home hospice and euthanasia services – Lap of Love
- Grey Muzzel App – Lap of Love
Losing your companion
It can be incredibly hard to lose a beloved pet. We share our lives and hearts with our companions and they’re always there when we need them. We understand the strong bond between you and your pet. It is a gift and we want to offer you all the support you need during this difficult time.
Pet Loss Support Groups:
Senior Exams and End of Life Care in Cedar Park, Texas
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