Important COVID-19 Update | Click Here to Learn More

Senior Canine

Senior Canine

Senior Canine

Senior – Canine – House Pet - Age 8yrs - 11yrs

Our Preventative Healthcare Plans allow our attending veterinarians to offer a reward program, based on professional services, for preventative screening. Your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s predominant breed, age, medical history, lifestyle, and condition to create a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)—identifying your pet’s risk for potential disease. During this evaluation, we can have a family discussion, creating actionable items and a vaccination plan. Our goal? To guard your pet against infectious diseases, and allow us to manage other non-infectious diseases or conditions should they occur.

Components of this Lifestage Program

  1. Comprehensive Physical Examination

  2. 4Dx Heartworm Screen (also checks for tick borne disease)

  3. Microscopic Fecal Flotation Exam

  4. Urine Chemistry

  5. Senior Metabolic Blood Chemistry/CBC and Electrolytes

  6. Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Medical History, or Lifestyle​​​​​​​​​​​​​​)

Senior Dogs – Healthcare Information

Characteristics: Senior dogs are on average 55-75 human years old. They independent and experienced. Senior dogs can sometimes seem a bit grumpy if pain management is needed.

Prone to: Obesity, "wear and tear" diseases such as arthritis or dental disease, heart disease, liver/kidney diseases, diabetes, certain cancers. All pets should be spayed or neutered to avoid reproductive diseases. Heartworm disease is a problem for dogs of all ages in S. Indiana;

In addition to healthcare:
Continue light exercising to maintain weight. Avoid overexertion and excessive heat and cold. Do not drop activites that your pet enjoys-just be sensitive to his/her limitations.

Add orthopedic dog bedding and a body harness to your dog's accessories. Your dog may need to go outside more often to maintain housetraining . Continue monthly grooming, noting skin and pigment changes, lumps or bumps. Consider introducing k-laser & massage therapy for active seniors. Use a whole food diet that is made with caloric restriction in mind. Continue your pet's oral hygiene regimen, with briefer, more frequent exams to focus on your pet's dentistry, opthalmology, or breed health. Re-evaluate your pet's holistic metabolic or joint supplements as his/her needs changes.