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At Fullerton Animal Hospital, our Baltimore veterinarian and team is dedicated to providing your pet with the highest level of care throughout all stages of life. From routine wellness exams and vaccinations to surgery, microchipping, and everything in between, we're here for you and your pet. We're proud to offer dedicated senior pet care services to help protect your aging pet's health and wellness.
When it comes to caring for a senior pet, there are a few things worth keeping in mind at home. For starters, your pet is no longer a youthful and exuberant puppy or kitten; getting around isn't as easy as it once was. As such, you should start thinking about ways you can better accommodate your pet. Does your dog currently have to walk up or down a flight of stairs to access food? If so, then it may be time to re-locate food bowls or put additional ones throughout the home. Does your senior cat have a high-walled litter box? If so, then it may be time to switch to a box with a ramp that will make it easier for her to access.
Of course, you should also be aware of some of the common "warning signs" to look out for when it comes to your aging pet's health. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, then you should schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to have the situation assessed further:
weight changes (sudden weight loss or gain)
weakness and fatigue
coughing or shortness of breath
unexplained lumps, sores, or bumps on the body
In addition to taking measures to make your pet's life easier at home, now is also a good time to start talking to your vet about senior pet wellness. Specifically, your vet may recommend bringing your pet in for more frequent wellness exams and testing for specific diseases and other medical conditions that become common in older age. Here at Fullerton Animal Hospital, we can help to develop a specialized wellness plan specifically for your pet based on his or her current health and medical history.
In addition to more frequent wellness exams, it may also be necessary to change your pet's diet. As pets age, their nutritional needs also change, and it can become more difficult for their bodies to process certain foods. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff can work with you to come up with the right nutritional plan to suit your pet's needs and your busy lifestyle.
At Fullerton Animal Hospital, we're committed to helping your senior pet live out a healthy and happy life, starting with a senior pet exam. You can schedule your pet's exam today or find out more about our practice by contacting our office at (410) 665-6996; we'll do our best to work with your busy schedule.