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Senior Dog and Cat Veterinary Care, Springfield, IL

Signs of Aging in Dogs

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Senior Dog Care in Springfield, IL

Is your dog a "senior"?

Depending on several factors (including species and breed), your dog may be considered a senior between ages 6 to 9. Specialized senior care exams focus on evaluating any subtle changes your dog may be experiencing due to early health issues. Working together, we can help keep your dog healthy longer and assist your dog to age as gracefully as possible. We love your aging companions and want their senior years to be as healthy and happy as possible

There are symptoms common to senior pets that should be discussed with us at your dog's wellness exam, including:

  • An increase or decrease in your dog's appetite
  • Any discharge or odor from your dog's mouth
  • Changes in your dog's weight
  • Changes in jumping behaviors, walking, standing up or walking up/down stairs
  • Changes in or loss of hearing and/or eyesight
  • Any change in activity
  • Significant changes in bathroom behaviors
  • New or changing lumps and bumps
  • Changes in water consumption

I have a senior dog, what comes next?

White Oaks West recommends twice-annual exams so that together we can take the best care of your senior companion. Early detection through wellness examinations, blood work, and dietary counseling all are important steps you can take toward keeping your senior dog healthy and happy. Our senior wellness exams are specially designed for your older dog's good health. We have senior care package programs that include comprehensive blood work, chemistry, thyroid, blood, CBC, urine test, check x-ray, abdominal ultrasound, blood pressure monitoring and eye pressure check. Talk to us today about these packages and how to keep your senior dog at his or her healthy best.