The Pet Hospital of MadisonSenior pets require additional attention and TLC to keep them pain-free, active, and enjoying a full life. The Pet Hospital of Madison will work with you to provide the high-quality care your senior pet needs.

As is the case with humans, more health issues arise in elderly pets. Because pets also hide their pain and illness as a defense mechanism, recognizing illness and disease early is a challenge. We recommend your pet be seen for physical exams twice a year as seniors, and we may recommend additional lab work so our veterinarians can catch subtle changes in health and help you provide support to avoid larger issues.

Catching and treating diseases early results in better recovery and is typically much less expensive.

Pet conditions frequently seen in senior animals include:

  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Kidney disease
  • Pet allergies

Pet Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in every five dogs in the United States is affected by arthritis. In aging pets, arthritis is one of the most common sources of chronic pain treated by veterinarians.

The doctors of The Pet Hospital of Madison address pet nutrition and any need for weight loss as a first step to easing arthritis issues. Glucosamine and other nutritional supplements in conjunction with analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications are used for pain relief and the restoration of mobility.

Through proper treatment, many pet owners report that the pet resumes activities and begins to behave as he or she did when young.

If chiropractic care is recommended, Dr. Troy Nelson at our sister hospital Countryside Veterinary Hospital is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and will be able to offer excellent service.

In cases where veterinary orthopedics can be of help, Dr. Travis White, also at Countryside Veterinary Hospital, is available to provide advanced care options.

The Pet Hospital of Madison is committed to prolonging pet life and quality of life through excellent senior care options. If we can be of service to you and your pet, call to schedule an evaluation today.

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