Soldotna Animal Hospital knows how important your pet companion becomes to you over the years. Understanding the stage of life your pet is experiencing helps give us additional perspective. Once pets reach the age of 7 years, we look at them a little differently.

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A Long, Lasting Friendship With Your Pet

With the ongoing improvements in veterinary care, there is much we can do so that your best pet friend can be with you much longer. As your pet ages, we will screen for:

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney and liver function
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hypertension

Wellness exams for your senior pet will include a physical examination, as well as other diagnostic tools we may employ as needed, such as:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound to detect soft tissue abnormalities
  • ECG that can be transmitted electronically to a cardiology specialist
  • Electronic tonometry (to determine intra-ocular pressure and detect glaucoma)

Exercise and diet become even more important as your pet grows older for weight management and arthritis, as well as heart and kidney disease.

There are many new medications available that can improve your pet’s quality and length of life. These drugs are powerful allies to help us treat diseases and manage pain. We will make sure you have the information you need to take preventive steps to keep your pet healthy.