Special Care for Senior Pets
Monarch Veterinary Hospital knows that time marches on for us all, including our pets. We love them and train them, and they endear themselves to us more and more over the years, but with age comes a unique set of health issues to confront. The age that we consider a pet a "senior" varies according to your pet’s life experiences and breed:
- Cats & small dogs - 7 years of age
- Large dogs like Labrador retrievers - 6 years of age
- Giant dog breeds like Great Danes - 5 years
We want you to understand the issues that affect your aging pet. For example, weight gain is a major contributing factor to many age-related joint problems and degenerative osteoarthritis. Exercise and diet become more critical as your pet matures and needs to be modified accordingly.
Our staff will take time with you to make sure you have all the information you need to take preventive steps to keep your pet healthy, such as prescription diets for chronic kidney disease or diabetes. We may also prescribe nutraceuticals or anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis to keep your pet active and pain free for as long as possible. Regenerative adult stem cell therapy is a very recent and technologically advanced option for chronic osteoarthritis in aged pets.