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Veterinary Services

Pet Geriatric Care

Belmont Animal Hospital, located in Belmont, NC, provides comprehensive veterinary services, including specialized care for geriatric pets.

Pet Geriatric Care in Belmont, NC

Geriatric pets are typically defined as those in the later stages of life, usually around 7 to 10 years of age or older, but this will vary depending on the species and breed.


Pet Geriatric Care

As pets age, their healthcare needs change, and geriatric care aims to address and manage age-related conditions and improve their quality of life. At Belmont Animal Hospital, we understand the unique needs of aging pets and offer tailored geriatric care to support their health and well-being, so your pet may live a long and happy life by your side. 

The services for pet geriatric care at Belmont Animal Hospital may include the following:

  • Geriatric wellness exams: We recommend more frequent wellness exams for geriatric pets, typically every six months. During these exams, our veterinarians conduct thorough physical examinations, assess vital signs, evaluate mobility, and monitor age-related conditions.
  • Diagnostic testing: Geriatric pets may require additional diagnostic testing to screen for age-related diseases and monitor organ function. Belmont Animal Hospital offers comprehensive laboratory testing, including blood work, urinalysis, and imaging (such as X-rays or ultrasound), to assess the overall health of geriatric pets.
  • Nutritional guidance: Our veterinarians at Belmont Animal Hospital provide specialized nutritional guidance for geriatric pets. We can recommend appropriate senior pet diets that address specific nutritional needs and weight management and support the management of conditions like kidney disease or dental issues.
  • Pain management: Geriatric pets often experience chronic pain, such as arthritis or age-related joint issues. Belmont Animal Hospital offers various pain management strategies, including medication, joint supplements, physical therapy, and acupuncture, to alleviate discomfort and improve mobility.
  • Dental care: Dental health is crucial for geriatric pets. Our veterinary team provides dental care services, including dental cleanings, extractions, and recommendations for at-home dental care, to prevent dental disease and maintain oral health in aging pets.
  • Cognitive health support: Geriatric pets may experience cognitive decline or dementia. Belmont Animal Hospital offers guidance and management strategies to support cognitive health, including nutritional supplements, environmental enrichment, and behavioral interventions.
  • Hospice and end-of-life care: Belmont Animal Hospital provides compassionate hospice care for senior pets nearing the end of their lives. They offer pain management, palliative care, and guidance for pet owners during this difficult time.

Belmont Animal Hospital is committed to addressing the unique needs of senior pets and enhancing their quality of life during their golden years. Our experienced veterinarians and caring staff provide personalized attention and comprehensive geriatric care to support the health and well-being of aging pets in Belmont, NC.

If you have a senior pet and are seeking specialized care, please contact Belmont Animal Hospital to ensure your pet receives the necessary support and attention tailored to its specific needs.