Senior Care

Senior pets, just like humans, face unique health challenges as they age. At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center in Troutdale, OR, we recognize the importance of tailored care for our older furry companions. Our comprehensive senior pet care services are designed to address the specific needs associated with the aging process.

Understanding the Vulnerabilities of Senior Pets

As pets age, they become increasingly vulnerable to various health issues. These may include periodontal disease, cardiovascular problems, kidney, liver, thyroid, or other internal organ dysfunction, cognitive decline, vision and hearing loss, digestive and urinary issues, degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, and the potential onset of cancer. Recognizing and addressing these issues is crucial for ensuring the well-being of our senior pets.

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Our Approach to Senior Care

Annual Exams and Routine Laboratory Tests
At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center, we emphasize the importance of annual exams for dogs and cats, which include full physical and routine laboratory tests. These check-ups serve multiple purposes, allowing us to assess your pet’s overall health, detect potential issues, and ensure that vaccinations are up-to-date.

Tailored Pet Wellness Program
Our commitment to senior pet care extends to a tailored wellness program designed to meet the individual needs of each pet and its specific life stage. Recognizing that senior pets require specialized attention, we recommend semiannual exams or twice-a-year check-ups to monitor and manage age-related conditions effectively. This proactive approach is especially beneficial for addressing heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and thyroid imbalance in senior pets.

Benefits of Our Senior Care Services

Early Detection for Successful Treatment

One of the primary benefits of our senior pet care services is the focus on early detection. Catching signs of illness early, even when your pet may appear entirely healthy, allows our veterinarians to initiate timely and successful treatment. This is particularly important in managing conditions associated with aging, where early intervention can significantly impact the outcome.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Regular exams and proactive management of age-related conditions contribute to an enhanced quality of life for senior pets. By staying ahead of potential health issues, we can address discomfort, manage chronic conditions, and ensure that your pet enjoys their golden years with comfort and vitality.

Longevity and Well-Being

Our senior pet care services aim to enhance the longevity and overall well-being of your aging companions. By closely monitoring their health and implementing necessary interventions, we strive to extend the duration of a happy and healthy life for senior pets.

When to Seek Senior Care

  • Aging Signs and Behavioral Changes: If you observe signs of aging in your pet, such as changes in behavior, mobility issues, or alterations in appetite, it’s advisable to seek senior pet care. These subtle indicators may be early signs of underlying health issues that can be effectively managed with the right care.
  • Preexisting Health Conditions: Senior pets with preexisting health conditions, such as arthritis or kidney dysfunction, benefit significantly from regular senior pet care. Monitoring these conditions allows for adjustments to treatment plans, ensuring ongoing well-being and comfort.
  • Semiannual Exams for Comprehensive Monitoring: Scheduling semiannual exams for your senior pet provides comprehensive monitoring and management of age-related conditions. This proactive approach allows our veterinarians to avoid potential health issues and ensure your pet receives the necessary care.