Let’s face it – senior pets are kind of the best. They’re house-trained, they’re calm, and they rarely chew up your favorite shoes.
Pets are considered seniors once they reach the age of seven. Does that make you the proud pet parent of a golden oldie? Perhaps you’re considering adopting from the senior side of the aisle. We say go for it!
Older pet rock, and here are just a few reasons why:
- You don’t have to worry about destructive chewing or marking behaviors
- They’re mature, focused, and easy to train
- Their personalities are pretty much set, so there are no surprises
- They’re not as demanding as their younger counterparts
- They let you sleep through the night
You can find plenty of amazing, lively senior pets waiting for someone to love at our local shelters and rescues. For example, there’s Central Herding Dog Rescue and North County Paws Cause. You can also easily search for your perfect senior companion anytime on Petfinder.
Because pets age faster than their human companions and illness can progress at a rapid clip, we recommend twice-yearly exams to detect any illness or issue before it becomes a more serious – and expensive – problem.
Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These blood screenings—often referred to as a “senior panel”— monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning.
In addition to an exam and blood screenings, we also advise that older pets get an abdominal ultrasound and x-rays. Your vet may also recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that your pet’s heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.
Book Your Appointment Today!
If it’s been more than six months since your senior’s last exam, now’s the time to schedule a visit. We’re currently offering 400 Paw Points to pet parents who book a wellness check during the month of October*. That’s four times the points you’d usually earn for the same service. Such points can be put toward future purchases at our hospital. Call 805-369-2222 or book an appointment online at our website today!
*Exam must take place between October 1st and 31st.