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Breton Veterinary Hospital - Senior Pet Care

There's no getting around the fact that we all get older -- and that goes for our beloved animals as well. As your pet approaches his senior years, the natural physical changes associated with this period call for a different level of care and attention. Fortunately, you never have to worry about where to turn when you have Breton Veterinary Hospital on your side. Our clinic can provide the high-quality Leonardtown Senior Pet Care your geriatric friend needs and deserves, from nutritional counseling and pet dentistry to senior pet wellness exams.

Your Source for Leonardtown Senior Pet Care

Chronic age-related ailments are certainly not unique to humans. They can afflict practically any creature, including dogs, cats and other popular pets. Some of these issues are related to years of wear and tear, such as osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints. Others are associated with slow, progressive changes that affect the organ's ability to do their job, such as diabetes, kidney failure and congestive heart failure. Still others, such as obesity, may be connected to lifestyle changes. We can help your senior pet cope with these changes in a variety of ways, including:

  • Senior pet wellness exam - Your older pet should receive a senior pet wellness exam twice a year. This pet wellness exam enables our Leonardtown veterinarian to check for age-related issues such as cataracts, organ dysfunction, chronic joint problems and cancer. 
  • Senior pet dentistry - Pet dentistry is more important that ever for aging animals who face a heightened risk of periodontal disease, a leading cause of bacterial infections and tooth loss. Senior cats are also prone to a painful gum condition known as resorptive lesions. Our Leonardtown veterinarian can prescribe treatments, clean your pet's teeth and advise you on chew toys, tooth brushing and other home hygiene practices.
  • Pain management and orthopedic care - Senior pet often have trouble with hip dysplasia, arthritis and other painful conditions. Medications, nutritional supplements and (in some cases ) surgical intervention can do much to relieve chronic joint pain.
  • Exercise - Activity is another good way to keep aging joints in optimal condition, not to mention keeping your pet's weight down and improving his overall health. We can recommend a gentle exercise program suitable for your pet's age and condition.
  • Chronic disease management - We can prescribe medications, pain management and other treatments for animals suffering from cancer, organ failure or other age-related ailments, advising you on what's best for your beloved friend every step of the way.
  • Nutruional counseling - Older, slower, more sedentary pets can become obese if they don't change their dietary habits -- and obesity is a major factor in diabetes, hypertension and other age-related issues. We can weight your pet and provide nutruional counseling to help you keep him healthy.

Contact Our Leaonardtown Veterinary Hospital

Call (301) 475-7808 to schedule senior pet services at our Leaonardtown Veterinary Hospital. Your elderly friend deserves top-quality care -- and we can provide it!