Levittown Animal Hospital

Senior Pet Care

Pets age a lot like humans do, though they do it a lot faster than we do. By age 7, most dogs and cats are considered seniors— and they have special health needs that we can help you manage thanks to our senior pet care expertise at Levittown Animal Hospital.

Caring For Your Senior Dog

Our senior pets benefit from specialized care designed to promote health and longevity! We encourage geriatric patients to visit us semi-annually so we can more closely monitor changes in health such as weight loss, cardio-pulmonary health, dental disease, cataracts, glaucoma, arthritis, and cancer. Routine visits will keep your companion happy and healthy by treating and preventing conditions before they occur.

  • One human year is equivalent to 5-7 dog years! Potentially consequential health changes can occur in as little as 3-6 months.
  • Most canines are considered a senior at age 7. Larger breeds are considered a senior at 5 years old.
  • Dental disease is common among senior canines. Inflamed gums and teeth can be incredibly painful and cause infection, tooth loss, bad breath, kidney and heart disease.
  • Special health care such as blood tests, urinalysis, fecal exams, radiographs and ultrasounds are recommended, just as they are in human seniors.
  • Nutritional needs change with age. Older canines often consume less calories and engage in less physical activity. Protein malnutrition may be associated with 50-70% of all kidney and liver disorders. Obesity is a detrimental health concern that can lead to other conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Behavior changes are common and expected. Your senior pet may appear disoriented, sleep more, interact less, and forget their house training. Senile behaviors can be addressed using recent therapies.

    Caring For Your Senior Cat

    • Cats are typically considered seniors by age 8.
    • One human year is equivalent to 5-7 cat years! Potentially consequential health changes can occur in as little as 3-6 months.
    • Dental disease is common among senior felines. Inflamed gums and teeth can be incredibly painful and cause infection, tooth loss, bad breath, kidney and heart disease.
    • Special health care such as blood tests, urinalysis, fecal exams, radiographs and ultrasounds are recommended, just as they are in human seniors.
    • Nutritional needs change with age. Older felines often consume less calories and engage in less physical activity. Protein malnutrition may be associated with 50-70% of all kidney and liver disorders. Obesity is a detrimental health concern that can lead to other conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal disorders
    • Behavior changes are common and expected. Your senior pet may appear disoriented, sleep more, interact less, and forget their housetraining. Senile behaviors can be addressed using recent therapies.

    Join the Levittown Animal Hospital Family Today!

    Located off of Wantagh State Parkway on Hempstead Turnpike. Directly next to Starbucks between Loring Road and Wolcott Road.

    Phone: 516.796.2266

    Email: info@levittownvet.com

    • Monday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM