Cat Care Hospital is a full service veterinary facility designed with your cat in mind from new kittens to senior cat care in West Chester, OH since 1993.
Senior Cat Care
For senior cats, the recent advances in veterinary medicine make an average lifespan of 15 years very realistic. Proper preventive care can (and does!) greatly increase the chances of your cat living a long and healthy life. As your cat becomes more mature, he/she inevitably becomes more at risk for certain age-related diseases.
Our Senior Cat Services Include:
- Exams – Once your cat is nine years old, Dr. Baxter recommends a thorough exam including checking organ function through blood and urine tests every six months. Cats’ bodies age more quickly than people, and frequent exams may catch health problems earlier, when treatment is more effective and less costly.
- Blood screening – After nine years old a routine blood screen and urinalysis should be performed once a year. Invaluable in detecting early disease that may already exist without your cat showing symptoms. Some diseases commonly seen in older cats include obesity, liver disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. Routine blood testing can warn us of this problem and allow us to begin treatment before the disease becomes more advanced.
- Dental disease – Is also very common in cats. Signs of dental disease are tartar and calculus build-up on teeth, reddened and swollen gums, and even difficulty eating or drooling in serious cases. Dental disease is present to some degree in 85% of cats over 4 years of age.
- Diet changes – Obesity is a risk-factor for the same types of problems in cats as in people, such as heart disease and diabetes. Fortunately, many brands of cat food now come in “active maturity” or “senior care” formulas that can help delay problems such as age-related kidney disease and obesity.
- Symptoms of Common Diseases – Please let us know if you see one or more of these symptoms in your cat:
- Vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss/gain, excessive drinking, increased urination, changes in eating habits, change in behavior, urinating/defecating outside box, changes in hair/coat, straining to urinate or defecate, lumps/bumps, coughing, sneezing, runny eyes/nose, difficulty breathing/wheezing and limping
Please ask about pet health insurance if you are interested!
We also accept Care Credit, a line of credit specifically for veterinary services.