Senior Patients

Senior Patients

Our pet clinic in Rancho Cucamonga offers premier senior dog and cat care! Let our animal doctor help your pet feel their best long into their later years with services and treatments that are tailored to the needs of an older pet. You can make an appointment for our senior dog and cat care services by contacting our pet clinic office today.

Senior Dogs

Dogs over 7 years of age and cats over 10 are considered senior patients.  Senior dogs and cats are in the stage of life in which the aging process is affecting every organ.  It is important to maintain proper nutrition and preventative care for our senior patients and monitoring them closely for signs of disease processes associated with age.

Signs to watch for in senior dogs:

  1. Sustained significant increase in water consumption.  (Abnormal is intake greater than 1 and ½ cups per day for a 10 pound dog)
  2. Sustained significant increase in urination
  3. Weight loss or unexplained weight gain
  4. Changes in diet such as inappetence or increase in appetite
  5. Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or inappropriate urination/defecation
  6. Weakness, lethargy, atrophy of the limbs, sudden collapse or difficulty mobilizing
  7. Excessive panting or abdominal enlargement

Recommendations for senior dogs:

Our pet clinic offers a variety of preventative care diagnostics and services for senior patients.

  1. Wellness Ultrasound
  2. Annual senior comprehensive laboratory panels
  3. Have routine oral examinations done and dental prophylaxis with dental radiographs
  4. 3 year protocol for wellness vaccines.  

Senior Cats

Major health risks we may see in senior cats would include hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, metabolic disease such as kidney or liver malfunction, neoplasia/cancer, periodontal disease and infectious disease processes.  Signs to watch for in Senior cats:

  1. Sudden sustained increase in water consumption or sustained increased in urination
  2. Weight loss or unexplained weight gain
  3. Changes in diet such as inappetence or increase in appetite
  4. Difficulty passing stool, diarrhea (lasting more than three days), or vomiting

Recommendations for senior cats to slow the progression of disease:

  1. Monitor weight closely
  2. Maintain on a vaccine protocol yearly
  3. Wellness ultrasound
  4. Annual comprehensive senior panels

Have routine oral examinations done and dental prophylaxis and dental radiographs. 

Let our animal doctor help make your pet as healthy as possible as they age!