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Posted on 04-10-2017

Learn More About Senior Care at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County!

Dogs and cats over 9 years old are considered senior pets by veterinarians. Some dogs are considered seniors at age 6.  Just like their human senior counterparts, senior pets suffer a variety of age-related health problems requiring special attention by our veterinarian in Ferndale. For example, older cats can begin presenting symptoms of feline cognitive dysfunction before they are senior cats. Symptoms of FCD include forgetting where their litter box is located, urinating randomly inside their home and acting disoriented. Unless your senior cat receives regular wellness checks at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, cat owners may think their cat is simply "being bad" and discipline their feline when actually, their cat is simply getting old and needs veterinary care. 

Senior dog wearing scrubs and a stethoscope

Common Diseases That Affect Senior Pets in Sullivan County

Liver and Kidney Disease

Aging dogs and cats that vomit frequently, have loose stools, abnormally dry coats, urinate in the home amongst a number of other issues. Symptoms of liver disease include blood in the stool, diarrhea, vomiting and chemical imbalances in the blood that can be detected through blood tests. If your senior pet has any of these symptoms, take him to our veterinarian in Sullivan County as soon as possible.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Signs that a senior dog or cat has dental problems include bad breath,  drooling, bleeding from the mouth, difficulty chewing dry food and reduced appetite. Senior pets suffering oral disease typically exhibit behavioral changes as well, such as avoiding interaction with their owners and unprovoked aggression (growling, nipping, hissing, swatting).

Flea Bite Allergy

Because their immune system isn't as strong as it used to be, older pets may suffer severe side effects of flea bite allergies, such as vomiting, lethargy, runny eyes, nasal discharge, and fever. Be aware that these symptoms may also indicate respiratory or urinary tract infection. Flea bites, UTIs, and pneumonia demand prompt attention by our veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale.

Keep your furry best friend feeling happy and healthy during their senior years by calling the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale today at 845-292-6711 to schedule a wellness exam for your senior pet

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