Pet Geriatric Care at Saint Francis Animal Hospital in Little River, SC

At Saint Francis Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive and compassionate pet geriatric care ensuring optimal well-being for senior animals, with health plans and supportive services.

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Prioritizing Pet Geriatric Care

As our beloved furry companions age, their needs evolve, requiring specialized care to ensure they live their golden years to the fullest. At Saint Francis Animal Hospital in Little River, SC, we understand the unique requirements of senior pets, offering tailored geriatric care that prioritizes their well-being and quality of life.

Understanding Pet Aging

Just like humans, pets undergo age-related changes that may manifest in various ways. It’s essential for pet owners to be vigilant and identify signs of aging, such as decreased activity, changes in appetite, and alterations in behavior. Regular veterinary check-ups become crucial during this phase to catch and address potential health issues early.

Nutrition for Senior Pets

Customized Dietary Plans

Proper nutrition plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of senior pets. Our team designs customized dietary plans that consider the individual needs and health conditions of each pet. From managing weight to supporting joint health, our goal is to provide the nutritional support necessary to enhance their overall well-being.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Gentle Exercise Routines

While senior pets may not have the same energy levels as their younger counterparts, they still benefit from gentle exercise. Our veterinarians guide pet owners in creating suitable exercise routines that cater to their aging pets’ capabilities, promoting mobility and muscle tone.

Mental Enrichment

Keeping senior pets mentally stimulated is equally important. We offer recommendations for activities and toys that engage their minds, helping prevent cognitive decline and ensuring they remain alert and content.

Preventive Healthcare Measures

Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

Regular vaccinations and preventive medications become increasingly vital as pets age. Our veterinarians stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations, ensuring your senior pet is protected against common illnesses and conditions.

Dental Care

Dental health is often overlooked but is crucial for a pet’s overall well-being. Our team emphasizes dental care for senior pets, providing professional cleanings and advising on at-home oral hygiene practices.