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Senior Pet Care

Did you know that pets age faster than people many breeds are considered “senior pets” at approximately 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as people age, your pet’s health care needs also change. Nutrition, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine can change as your pet ages. But how can you tell the difference between “normal” aging and a medical problem? As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious. At the Animal Hospital of Orange Grove, our doctors have many years of experience in caring for aging pets in the Biloxi and Gulfport area, and they will be there for your constant companion as well.

The best way to help protect your pet as he or she ages is to understand the aging process in pets. Even if your senior pet is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your pet’s health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.

Your senior pet’s wellness examination is also your chance to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care. Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years.” Regardless if you have a new puppy or kitten, or if your pet is already a “senior pet,” keep them healthy by contacting the Animal Hospital of Orange Grove at 228-832-6360.