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Stoney Brook Veterinary Hospital

Senior Pet Care

As pets age, they face an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems.


Often, the symptoms are not readily apparent and these diseases may go undetected and untreated. This makes preventive care vitally important for your pet. We recommend pets age 7 and older undergo a complete physical examination, complete with blood work and associated laboratory tests, at least once a year. Early detection of these diseases results in faster treatment and better overall health for your pet.

Signs To Watch For

Signs of "old age" in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet's health care, you are his or her most important partner. If your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms, please let us know:

  • Stiffness or limping

  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping

  • Increased thirst

  • Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns

  • Tremors or shaking

  • Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat

  • Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)

  • Difficulty seeing or hearing

  • Changes in urination/defecation habits

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Decreased responsiveness

What Next?

Regular exams are the key to keeping your senior pet healthy. All senior pet exams at Stoney Brook Veterinary Hospital include a thorough physical evaluation of your pet. We also perform a number of diagnostic tests, including a comprehensive series of blood tests. These tests help us detect diabetes, heart disease, parasites, and other health problems that may not be readily apparent during a physical examination.

Our veterinarians and staff will provide you with valuable information about keeping your senior pet healthy. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as treatment for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can help improve your pet's quality of life. We look forward to helping you and your best friend enjoy many more years together.