Elderly pets are sometimes neglected and end up in temporary shelters. An older dog's former owner may have passed away or a previous caregiver may have decided that he or she was not equipped to take care of the animal any longer. If you choose to adopt an older pet, our veterinarian, Dr. Ratnoff, at Oakland Park Animal Hospital will provide your new companion with a wellness exam.
Senior Pet Wellness Is A Priority
Older dogs are more prone to injuries and sicknesses compared to younger dogs. A health condition that is not easily detectable could affect your pet's comfort or end up shortening your pet’s life. Diagnostic testing, physical exams, blood tests, and x-rays are performed to gather valuable information about your dog’s current condition.
Some health problems, such as a flea or a tick infestation or a skin irritation, can be addressed during a routine office visit. If your pet's fur is matted or if the animal seems to struggle with his or her grooming needs, we can provide grooming products and advice to help keep your pet clean and comfortable.
Our Veterinarian Can Suggest A Daily Routine
If this is your first time owning a pet, you may be concerned about what to feed your pet, how often he or she will require food, and what types of activities are safe for your new companion. An elderly dog may not be able to run around like a younger pet, but will still be interested in moving around your home and interacting with you. Purchase a comfortable pet bed, plenty of dog food, pet bowls, toys, a leash, and a collar to get started.
During an office visit, request guidance with setting up a daily schedule, which will ensure that your pet's needs are met. If your dog used to live with other animals and is accustomed to interacting with other dogs, you can adopt a second pet on National Dog Day.
Veterinary Care in Oakland Park, FL
National Dog Day is celebrated across the country and it has been designated as a special occasion because it is a popular day for people to adopt animals in need. Once you have become accustomed to your new lifestyle as a pet owner, call Oakland Park Animal Hospital at (954) 731-4228 to schedule an appointment. We would love to meet you and your new furry friend.