Senior Pet Care

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets.

As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.

When Does “Senior” Start?

So when is a pet considered a senior? Generally, smaller breeds of dogs live longer than larger breeds, and cats live longer than dogs. Beyond that, the life span will vary with each individual, and your veterinarian will be able to help you determine what stage of life your furry friend is in. Keep in mind that some small dog breeds may be considered senior at 10-13 years, while giant breeds are classified as seniors at ages as young as five. Your veterinarian is your best source for more information to determine when your pet reaches the golden years.

Please contact us at 702-434-2090, to schedule your senior wellness exam today!!

A full geriatric screening includes a free exam when complete bloodwork and a urinalysis is performed (for a savings of over $70 off normal pricing)

Thank you to Dr. Davis who assisted in trying to comfort us when we had to put our dog Bear down last week. We truly appreciated Dr. Davis's compassion and professionalism. The staff was so kind and made us feel at ease considering the circumstances. We enjoyed 12 years with our baby boy and knew the time would come when we would have to let him go. All our dogs have been in great hands with Valley Ranch!

Justin P.