Make Your Pet’s Golden Years More Golden

As pets age, the requirements to keep them happy and healthy change. Special consideration should be made for a senior or geriatric pet's diet, exercise, and veterinary care.

Proper diet and exercise for older pets can help keep them trim, healthy, and mobile. It is extremely important to select a diet that is designed for your pet's life stage (Please note: There is no single diet that can effectively provide nutrition for all life stages). Senior diets are designed to provide the appropriate digestibility, nutrients, and ingredient levels. They also have different calorie levels to help your senior pet maintain the appropriate weight. Routine exercise can also help with weight management and maintaining mobility.

Senior pets may exhibit a variety of health related changes due to underlying illness such as joint, bone, heart, kidney, urinary tract, liver, or cancer-related disease. Senior pet exams should occur at least twice a year and are crucial to identify and treat illness early. Vaccinations and parasite prevention are particularly important for older pets since their immune system is not as healthy as those of younger animals. Dental care, blood testing, urine testing, and blood pressure readings are also important components to maintaining a happy and comfortable life for your senior pet.

Would you like to learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your senior pet? Join us at the hospital on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30-8:00 pm for our Senior Pet Care Seminar. The event will help provide guidance about senior nutrition, exercise guidelines, pain management, and recognizing common conditions. Please RSVP by joining our event on Facebook, e-mailing, or calling the hospital at 805-529-7003.

The Scoop on Pet Nutrition

Pet Nutrition Event FlyerJoin us for a special event at the hospital on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30pm. Along with serving up some food, giveaways, and fun, we will  provide all of the information you need to know to make informed nutrition decisions for your pet. With all of the pet food choices available, it can be confusing to determine which ones are quality products. We only recommend dog and cat food companies who employ veterinarians, use quality ingredients and facilities, and have well-researched products. Find out more at our upcoming event: The Scoop on Pet Nutrition. You can RSVP by phone, by joining our Facebook event, or by e-mailing