Geriatric Care

It can be easy to miss the subtle signs of aging in your dog or cat. Their senior years begin at only seven years old, which is the most typical age when our veterinarians in Danville, CA,  start recommending geriatric care exams.

Why we need to see your see your senior pet more often

We recommend bi-annual veterinary visits for pets over age seven for two reasons. First, older pets have a greater likelihood of developing some of the same serious health conditions that affect people. According to the American Veterinary Association, these include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • General weakness
  • Heart disease
  • Joint and bone pain
  • Kidney disease or urinary tract disease or both
  • Liver disease
  • Senility

Behavioral concerns and your pet’s quality of life

Behavioral concerns caused by cognitive decline are also more common at this stage of life. If your pet exhibits uncharacteristic behavior, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible.

Keep your senior pet feeling young and healthy — call 925-736-7440 today to schedule their geriatric exam today.