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Haymarket, VA 20169

Dominion Valley Animal Hospital

Senior Canine Care at DVAH

Senior Dogs Will Be Healthier with Regular Veterinary Care

Canine Medicine

As dogs age, they age faster than humans, which is why veterinary care is so important for senior dogs.  The goals for senior pet exams are to detect, prevent or delay the diseases that older animals are more prone such as osteoarthritis, hormone disorders, organ failure, cancers, and disease of the kidney, heart, and liver.  We recommend bi-annual visits for senior dogs to be sure all of your senior dog’s healthcare needs are being met.

Senior Pet Wellness Exams:

At DVAH, our senior pet care is tailored specifically for the needs of each dog.  In addition to the services offered through our canine wellness exams, senior care for your dog may include senior blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, blood pressure monitoring or parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest specially formulated food for your pet, whose changing nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet. Keeping your senior dog active is also helpful to keep your pet mobile and for slowing down the deterioration of your dog’s senses associated with the aging process. Please speak with us to learn more about keeping your senior pet healthy.

Signs of Illness in Senior Dogs:

If your senior dog exhibits any of the following symptoms, please call us to schedule a senior pet exam:

  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite
  • Failure to eat for more than two days
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Increasing inactivity or time spent sleeping
  • Excessive panting
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in a localized area
  • Seizures or convulsing

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