Caring for Your Adult or Senior Pet

The focus for adult pet care will be a solid preventive plan that includes appropriate vaccinations. As your pet ages, they become more vulnerable to health problems and may have special needs. For both the adult and senior life stages, we are poised to provide excellent care.

Caring for Adult Pets

For healthy pets free of chronic or underlying conditions, we want to see your pet twice a year for a wellness exam.

adults-and-senior-pets
  •    Physical examination
  •    Vaccination boosters
  •    Lab or blood tests
  •    Dental check
  •    Nutrition & exercise recommendations
  •    Flea & tick control
  •    Parasite control (including heartworm testing & prevention)
  •    Fecal exam
  •    Urinalysis

If there are any health concerns, we will administer diagnostic testing and other appropriate treatment or measures. At two years of age, we like to run a junior blood work panel. This blood test provides a baseline for what is normal for your pet and is useful for future comparisons.

We emphasize preventive care which is better for your pet and your wallet. Catching any emerging problems and addressing them early before they become serious is normally less expensive and better for your pet.

Caring for Senior Pets

Generally, we start to regard pets as “seniors” around seven years of age. Older pets are more vulnerable to diseases and the difficulties of old age. With a strong focus on preventive care, many problems can be avoided or managed. There is no reason that the senior years can’t be quality years for your dog or cat.

The key to making sure your senior pet has the healthiest and highest quality of life possible is to avoid health risks, detect disease as early as possible, remedy or delay the progression of disease, and improve or maintain the health of the body's systems.

Addressing the special needs of the senior pet is important to us. We encourage our clients to have their senior pets examined every six months. Blood work will be performed during these visits to detect any changes in the body’s system or organ function.

The American Veterinary Association (AVMA) provides a helpful FAQ page on the topic of senior pet care. Here the AVMA identifies the most common issues affecting geriatric pets.

  •    Cancer
  •    Arthritis and joint pain
  •    Dental problems and pain
  •    Heart disease
  •    Kidney and urinary tract disease
  •    Liver disease
  •    Diabetes
  •    Senility
  •    Weakness

We offer senior wellness packages containing education information on how to care for your senior pet’s changing needs.


If your pet is ever unwell or is in need of emergency care, please contact us right away. Otherwise, we look forward to maintaining your pet’s health through regularly scheduled visits.

Copyright © 2017 Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital. All rights reserved. Veterinary Website by Beyond Indigo Pets