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Senior Dog and Cat Preventive Care


Your four-legged family member is now a “Golden-ager”. Generally, dogs are seniors at 7 years old, while cats are seniors at 10 years old. Don’t worry though with proper preventive care dog or cat can still be your active companion.

Senior Preventive Veterinary Care

Pets age faster during the last third of their life. And just like us when we become senior, it is important your senior dog or cat be seen on a regular basis – our Cleveland, OH veterinarians recommend twice a year.

During your senior dog’s or cat’s Preventive Veterinary Care visit, your pet will receive a thorough physical examination by the veterinarian, age appropriate vaccinations/immunizations, preventive care testing, and we will discuss different aspects of keeping your senior pet healthy.

Your Senior Dog’s Yearly Schedule

Twice a year we will need to see your now senior dog for a checkup, booster vaccinations, and preventive care testing.

Visit 1:

  • Senior Preventive Care Exam
  • Booster Vaccinations (most dogs will receive the following vaccinations) You may also consider getting titer testing to determine if your dog’s vaccinations are still strong enough to protect your pet.
  • Rabies (required in Cuyahoga and most surrounding counties). This booster is good for 3 years
  • Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (DHLPP) The DHPP portion is good for 3 years once boostered at 16 months old. The Leptospirosis vaccine is only good for 1 year.
  • Bordetella – we recommend this vaccination, which protects against kennel cough, if your dog is “social”, meaning it comes into contact with other dogs (even through a fence). Bordetella needs to be boostered yealy.
  • Lyme – unfortunately Lyme disease has come to Northeast Ohio. So if your dog plays in the backyard or goes into the woods we recommend this vaccination which needs to be boostered yearly.
  • Blood work – Heartworm/Tick Disease Test, Basic Blood Chemistry, and Complete Blood Count
  • Infrared Imaging Screen (Middleburg Heights Office only)
  • Fecal Test – We only need a fresh, teaspoon size stool sample. Senior pets are more susceptible to intestinal parasites, so pleas make sure they are tested twice a year.

Visit 2:

  • Senior Preventive Care Exam
  • Fecal Test – We only need a fresh, teaspoon size stool sample. Senior pets are more susceptible to intestinal parasites, so please make sure they are tested twice a year.
  • We will perform a urine screen
  • Infrared Imaging Screen (Middleburg Hts Office only)

Monthly Preventative

Your dog should be on a broad-spectrum, monthly, parasite preventative all year round.

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Your Senior Cat’s Yearly Schedule

Cats are notorious for hiding health problems, that’s why we recommend your adult cat be seen at least once a year for preventive veterinary care, We will perform a checkup, booster vaccinations, and preventive care testing. Every year we will do the following:

Visit 1:

  • Senior Preventive Care Exam
  • Booster Vaccinations (most cats will receive the following vaccinations) You may also consider getting titer testing to determine if your cat’s vaccinations are still strong enough to protect your pet.
  • Rabies (required in Cuyahoga and most surrounding counties). This booster is good for 3 years
  • Booster Vaccinations – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR), Feline Calicivirus (C), Feline Panleukopenia (P)(aka Feline Distemper) (FVRCP), The FVRCP vaccine is good for every three years once boostered at approximately 16 months old. If your cat goes outdoors, or comes in contact with outdoor cats we recommend your cat receive the Feline Leukemia vaccine yearly.
  • Infrared Imaging Screen (Middleburg Heights Office only)
  • Fecal Test – We only need a fresh, teaspoon size stool sample. Senior pets are more susceptible to intestinal parasites, so please make sure they are tested twice a year.

Visit 2:

  • Senior Preventive Care Exam
  • Urinary Test – we will perform a urine screen
  • Fecal Test – We only need a fresh, teaspoon size stool sample. Senior pets are more susceptible to intestinal parasites, so pleas make sure they are tested twice a year.
  • Infrared Imaging Screen (Middleburg Hts Office only)

Monthly Parasite Preventative

Your cat should be on a broad-spectrum, monthly, parasite preventative all year round.

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What should I bring to my Senior Dog’s or Cat’s First Visit?

Please bring any records from the people you adopted your dog or cat from. This way we can get birth date, breed, and previous vaccination history.

Also please bring a fresh, teaspoon-sized stool sample.

Finally, if your dog or cat is on medication, please bring it with you so we know the medication and dosage amount.

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Questions to ask us at your senior dog’s visit

  • What signs of aging should I look for?
  • Should I change my pet’s diet?
  • Does my dog need a dental cleaning?
  • What vaccinations does my dog need?
  • Is my dog the right weight?
  • Are there things I can do to keep my dog even healthier?

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Questions to ask us at your senior cat’s visit

  • How much should my cat weigh?
  • How much activity does my cat need?
  • Does my cat’s diet need to change?
  • What physical and behavioral changes should I watch for?
  • What’s the best way to deal with fleas, ticks and other parasites?
  • Does my cat need any special blood tests or urinalysis?

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How can I save money and budget my Senior Dog’s or Adult Cat’s preventive veterinary care?

First, by getting preventive veterinary care, we can protect your pet from many problems and detect others before they become too serious. It is always better for your pet’s health and your wallet to prevent problems!

For those of you that would like to save money on your dog’s or cat’s preventive care, we offer ABC Pet Health Plans. These are Affordable, Bundles, of Care and include the services we recommend for your dog or cat at a particular life stage (Puppy/Kitten, Adult, Senior, Geriatric). These plans also include unlimited exams and discount on certain services and products.

How do I make an appointment for my Dog or Cat?

To make an appointment for your 4-legged family member, call (440) 234-5831 or click here to Request an Appointment online

Please let us know what office you would like to bring your pet.

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