Senior Pet Wellness Care from Our Vet in Wausau
At Wausau Animal Hospital, our vet in Wausau is proud to offer a wide range of senior pet wellness care services so that aging dogs, cats, and pocket pets can lead the longest and healthiest lives possible. If you have an older pet and have been looking for a senior wellness vet you can trust with his or her changing needs, you've come to the right animal hospital!
Protecting Senior Pets with Preventative Pet Care
These days, pets (especially dogs and cats) are living longer than ever thanks to more owners staying on top of preventative pet care. In addition to making sure senior pets are seen at least once or twice a year for comprehensive health and wellness exams, many pet owners are going out of their way to have their pets screened and tested for certain diseases and illnesses. This, in turn, makes it possible to diagnose underlying health problems early on, thus making it more likely that successful treatment will occur.
So, when exactly is a pet considered to be a senior? This can vary depending on the type of pet as well as the size. For most cats, for example, dogs and cats are considered "senior" around seven years old. However, smaller breeds of dogs tend to live a bit longer than larger breeds, just as an indoor cat will tend to live longer than a cat that spends a lot of time outdoors.
Signs of Illness to Watch Out For
Aside from staying on top of your senior pet's preventative care (such as routine exams and diagnostics), it's also important that you keep an eye out for any signs of illness in your aging pet. This way, you can act as quickly as possible by bringing your pet in to be evaluated by our vet.
Specifically, there are a few potentially troubling signs that you should watch out for in your older dog, cat, or pocket pet. These include:
- unexplained lumps and bumps
- changes in urination or defecation habits
- sudden and unexplained weight loss
- change in overall behavior, energy level, or temperament
- difficulty getting around
If your pet shows any of these signs, it would be worth it to schedule an appointment with our veterinary team so we can make sure there isn't anything serious going on with your pet's health.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Wausau WI
Ready to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Wausau WI? If so, feel free to contact our office today. You can reach us by calling (715) 845-9637. Our senior wellness vet looks forward to serving all older dogs, cats, and pocket pets!