Senior Pet Care: Making Quality of Life Part of Quantity of Life

Senior Pet Care

Your senior dog or cat is a valued member of your family. They deserve health care designed for their unique needs and phase of their life. At Clinton Veterinary Hospital we believe good senior pet care can literally add years to your pet’s quantity of life, as well as make those years quality ones.

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Why Senior Pet Care Matters

If animals age 7 years for every year that passes, it means an annual exam is equivalent to an exam every 7 years for a human. That makes your pet’s annual checkup very important, and it’s why we recommend two checkups per year for senior pets.

We’ll conduct screenings to look for your pet’s risk level for conditions like:

Regular lab work we recommend for senior pets, includes:

  • Complete blood count, to check for infections, leukemia, and anemia
  • Blood panel work, to monitor the function of internal organs
  • T4 blood test to evaluate thyroid function

Senior Pet Care Exams and Screenings

At your pet’s exam, our staff will also talk to you about other recommended preventive care:

Senior Pet Care Diet and Nutrition

As your pet ages, obesity can be problematic, as the extra weight wears and tears on your dog or cat’s joints. Diet adjustments may be needed to keep weight issues under control and reduce the potential for high blood pressure and heart disease, too.

We carry prescription diets for senior pets, which have been proven to aid in digestive issues, allergies, and other conditions. We also carry supplements that have been shown to help with issues like arthritis. For example, fish oil supplements and chondroitin, combined with a specialized activity plan, is an alternative treatment for this condition.

If you have questions or need advice about care for your senior dog or cat, please get in touch with us today. It’s never too late to bring your old family friend the care he or she deserves.

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"We have been extremely happy with all the docs in this group. Would highly recommend."—Lisa K. Old Saybrook, CT

"Not a fault to be had! Wonderful & caring staff! Your pet will be well cared for!!"

"Care is always knowledgeable and administered with compassion."—Marilyn S. Clinton, CT

"Everyone at this practice genuinely cares for every animal they see. I would not take my cat any place else. They provide consistent service and are knowledgeable and professional."—Elle MP, Westbrook, CT

"Clinton Veterinary Hospital is always so great with Lilly. They always make sure that she is given the best care. The doctors are so courteous and the staff is amazing. I trust them completely with her!!"—Andrea G, Clinton, CT

"I got a same day appt when I called in the morning. Dr Price found the cause and discussed treatment options. By the next morning my cat was his old self. Great staff!"—Paula H.

"Leni loves visiting Dr. Price, and I am always happy knowing she is receiving the best care possible. Thank you!"—Courtney B., Deep River, CT

"I love Clinton vet ! And feel that I am getting The best possible care. They are knowledgeable and very kind kind to my two Pomeranians."—Laura E., Clinton CT

"We have been clients for many years-since 1978. Over that time we have had 3 cats and 6 dogs that we have taken to Clinton Veterinary. They have always been wonderful to our pets and us. Dr Price has continued the wonderful care to our current dogs, Ralph and Dodger. They have a great support staff also-very caring."—Anne C. Guilford, CT

"Dr. Santelli has been wonderful helping us decode Kohl's allergies since we adopted him last month. We have not had experience with the immunotherapy injections we chose to treat with and she has always welcomed questions and has great feedback."—Jessica B.

"I am very happy with CVH and I especially like Dr. Santelli. She is great with my dogs and understands the rules and regs on getting dogs overseas and back. She is super!"—Maureen G. Lyme, CT

We Are Here for You, We Want to Hear From You:

Clinton Veterinary Hospital welcomes your calls and your face-to-face visits. We want you to be informed before, during, and after any interaction with us.

Clinton Veterinary Hospital

  • Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday

After Hours Emergencies

Clinton Veterinary Hospital sees emergencies Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For emergencies during all other hours, please contact one of the facilities below:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine-Guilford
Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine

Connect With Us:

(860) 669-5721