Senior pet care offered at The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine Bothell

Senior Pet Care

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine and husbandry, exotic pets are living longer than ever. However, with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to, including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer.  Because most pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly.

Your senior pet's wellness exam should include the following:

  • Health Consultation
  • Physical Examination
  • Pain assessment
  • Oral Exam
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Intestinal Parasite Test
  • Vaccinations (if necessary)
  • Blood Work
  • Other diagnostic tests if indicated

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Changes in mobility: difficulty getting up from a down position, trouble with stairs, limping, decrease in ability to jump on furniture or jump into the car, decrease in play activity
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps, or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth, or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching, or head shaking