Special Pet Care Benefits Older Dogs & Cats

Senior Pet Care at Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

Your pet companion becomes more and more important to you over the years. Generally, when pets reach the age of 7 years, we need to look at them a little differently. Depending on breed and life expectancy, senior status may arrive earlier for some pets and later for others. The calendar and the clock don’t always herald senior status as much as changes that might indicate health problems.

A Long, Happy Life for Your Pet Friend

During wellness examinations, in addition to the gentle hands-on exam, as your pet ages, we will look for what we call geriatric issues, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney and liver function
  • Heart disease
  • Weight management
  • Dental problems and disease
  • Diabetes
  • Bowel problems
  • Hypertension
  • Behavior problems
  • Cognitive difficulties

We rely on your observations and input to help us know what to look for. Because your pet cannot speak for him- or herself, now more than ever you are a valuable member of the veterinary care team.

Other diagnostic tools are also used so that we can make an accurate assessment. Early detection of disease gives us a better opportunity to successful treat it. We may use:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Intra-ocular pressure to detect glaucoma
  • Blood pressure
  • Cytology and histopathology
  • X-rays

Because we have seen your bird, cat, dog, or other pet for so many years, Paumanok’s veterinarians will make recommendations on diet, exercise, and medication adjustments for older pets. We’ll help you understand how to follow these to the letter for the best result.

Pet Arthritis Treatments & Pain Relief

There are many new medications and dietary supplements available to help improve your pet’s quality of life. These help us to lessen the effects of arthritis and relieve pain. Exercise helps keep your pet in good condition and helps him or her to be more active and mobile. Dietary changes can benefit both cats and dogs.

If your pet is diagnosed with any geriatric condition, whether arthritis or cancer, ensuring that he or she is comfortable is the highest priority. Employing several different types of pain relief medicine and techniques means that lower doses of medication can be given and still ensure your pet is comfortable and more relaxed with minimal side effects.

“Thank you, Paumanok Veterinary Hospital! On February 10, in the middle of a snow storm, my wife and I rushed our 5˝-year-old boxer to Paumanok for an emergency visit because of repeated seizures. A few months earlier, he had a couple of seizures and was placed on anti-seizure medicine. He had been doing fine until this latest episode. Dr. Dave took extra time to thoroughly explain our options as well as the potential side effects of the medicine prescribed, which needed to be bumped up slightly. My wife and I have done much research on this and while many vets have slightly different theories and preferences for treating and controlling seizures, Drs. Dave and Dee Hensen have always gone out of their way to not only do the best by our pets but to thoroughly explain the proper maintenance, treatment, and care. They follow up with phone calls, as well as their staff, and it is for these reasons that we’ve trusted the health and well-being of our pets to Paumanok for the last 15 years. I’m happy to say that our dog has been doing much, much better since his medicine was altered. The vets at Paumanok go above and beyond, not only for pets but for the community as well, as they’re active members in Patchogue Rotary Club, and their selfless, tireless hours put into our local community are not lost on this client. We cannot thank you enough.”

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