Senior Patients                                                                                
 
Senior Pet Symptom Checklist  
 
Our goal at Village Veterinary Practice is to provide the very best care available for your pet. We are committed to caring for your pet as he or she enters its older years. Dogs and cats age more rapidly than people do, therefore it is important to understand how the aging process may be affecting your pet. Cats and dogs weighing less than fifty pounds are considered senior patients at seven years of age. Dogs greater than fifty pounds are seniors at age five.

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners indicates that a senior patient benefits from twice-yearly examinations. Similar to humans, senior animals start to develop diseases such as diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, hypothyroidism and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages and many will develop rapidly, making regular monitoring and blood testing very important.

Senior visits should be every six months and will be coordinated with your petís vaccination schedule. During these senior visits, we will perform a comprehensive physical, glaucoma screen, weigh and assess body condition, and specifically discuss senior associated problems and diseases. Blood and urine samples may be obtained at this time. The goals of this program are as follows: 

  • Prevent or delay the onset of disease.
  • Identify and address existing problems as early as possible.
  • Maintain body weight and condition.
  • Maintain excellent quality of life.

These are signs that should be reported to us immediately, before they become serious. 

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Owner observations are an important aspect of health care for all pets, but are especially important in the senior pet.   Please complete this questionnaire and email it back to general@villageveterinary.com, or print your completed form and bring it to your pet's senior wellness appointment.  This form helps us to ensure that nothing is overlooked, and tells us about some of the signs that might not be evident on a physical exam.    
 
Senior Pet Symptom Checklist