Compassionate Veterinary Senior Pet Care
At Mt. Nittany Veterinary Hospital, we understand that animals age at a much quicker rate than humans because their projected life span is quite a bit shorter. An older pet (greater than 6 years of age in medium and larger dogs, and greater than 10 years of age in small dogs and cats) may be more prone to serious health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, kidney disease, and heart disease.
We know what an important part of the family your pet has become over the years, and we will make every effort to keep him or her as healthy as possible. Mt. Nittany Veterinary Hospital is able to offer a geriatric program for your pet. This program allows us the opportunity to screen your pet for serious health problems, rather than waiting for signs of major illness to appear.
The geriatric program also serves to establish baseline values for your pet. We can use these normal healthy values as a comparison if your pet does develop a disease or illness in the future.
As your pet ages, these signs might indicate a change in health:
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in gait
- Excessive sleeping
Should you see the onset of any of these symptoms, please bring your pet in to visit us. There are many things we can do to make your pet more comfortable and to extend his or her life.