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Senior Pet Care

Compassionate Care for Senior Pets

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At Allandale Veterinary Clinic we have a special place in our hearts for older pets. Our goal is to maximize your pet’s quality of life so you can both fully enjoy your pet’s golden years.

First and foremost, we encourage semi-annual visits for older pets. Pets, just like people, become more prone to chronic conditions (such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease) as they age, so bloodwork every six months is helpful for spotting illnesses that are developing beneath the surface. We can’t always reverse a condition in an older pet, but an early diagnosis will give us the best chance of slowing the progression.

Maintaining Your Pet’s Quality of Life

At your senior pet’s checkup, your doctor can offer you advice on other considerations that will optimize your pet’s comfort level and health.

  • Diet and nutrition: Weight gain tends to be a bigger concern in older dogs while weight loss tends to affect more cats.
  • Mental and physical stimulation: Older pets still need plenty of love and interaction and appropriate levels of exercise.
  • Home modifications: Simple accommodations in the home, such as moving your pet’s bed or litter box to the main floor, can greatly improve your senior pet’s quality of life.
  • Arthritis care and pain management: Decreased mobility or any changes in gait could be symptoms of arthritis. We offer both pharmaceutical and nutraceutical pain relievers as well as low-level laser therapy to help curb your pet’s pain and stiffness.

We want your pets to live long, happy lives. Please call us today if you have any questions about your senior pet.

I cannot say enough good things about Allandale Veterinary! I noticed my (very) senior kitty stumbling today and called them in distress. Not only did they squeeze me in on their busy Friday afternoon, but Dr. Weisz even stayed late for me to attend to Tamarind. Potassium levels were low, and they gave her some fluids (and sent me home with some), some appetite stimulants and hopefully things will turn around. Today was not Tamarind's day to go, but the end is near. :-( I'd love to celebrate her”
— Amy
Hands down best vet I've ever been to. Extremely friendly and patient staff, and I had a LOT of questions. They made me and my furbaby feel safe and in good hands, and even took extra steps to make sure my kitty could see me at all times so she wasn't terrified. 10/10 definitely recommend.”
— Seshia
Amazing doctors, staff and facility!”
— Shondi P
Super friendly and knowledgeable. Dr Mohammed and the staff are helpful and patient in explaining all options. Everyone, including the front desk staff seem to know and like my dogs.”
— Sandra C.
I take my old man to Dr. Mohammed, she's absolutely wonderful. I'd been to a few vets before and felt like I was being rushed (I ask a lot of questions) and not actually addressing the source of my pet's issues. I'd done three courses of antibiotics for him and wasn't seeing results. Dr. Mohammed gave him a steroid and suddenly he's not coughing all the time. Thanks for fixing up the ol'guy!”
— Christina M.
My favorite veterinarians and vet techs ever! The vet techs are great at helping your pet feel safe and calm. Dr. Skiles saved my cat’s life!”
— Brooke
I'be been taking my cats to Allandale for the past 1.5 years and have been extremely impressed with the quality of care provided. I have two senior cats with different health issues, and was concerned our previous vet wasn't providing enough options for treatment. A friend recommended Allandale, and I'm so thankful we made the switch. ”
— Alicia D.
The entire staff was incredibly kind and personable. Our routine check-up was unrushed and Dr. Bello took the time to incorporate wellness education into our visit, making the visit (and the price) even more worthwhile. His more hollistic approach to vet care was incredibly refreshing and unique and I never once felt pressured to seek unnecessary preventative treatment or purchase expensive food. The tech was awesome and her assistance in keeping my cat calm and comfortable.”
— Sarah