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(408) 252-6380

10026 Peninsula Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014

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Senior Pet Wellness

Early intervention leads to a lifetime of good health

The health of your adult cat or adult dog can change rapidly as he or she ages, and changes can go unnoticed.

Beginning at around age 7,
Your pet enters His or her Senior years

Often, pets begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages; therefore, preventive health care is very important.

Early detection can help in disease prevention
and can minimize suffering

If left undetected, many diseases can put your pet’s health at risk. The best approach to caring for your senior pet includes preventive diagnostics such as:

  • Establishing baseline blood work
  • Identifying existing health problems
  • Monitoring progress during treatment

Together, we can help your pet

You know your pet better than anyone else and can alert us to any changes in your pet before they become serious. We can help you understand the common medical conditions that your senior pet faces, and discuss a regular monitoring plan.

How to keep your older pet healthy and happy

Healthy Pet Checklist

  • Work closely with us to evaluate your pet’s general health and to monitor the physical effects aging has had on his or her mind and body.
  • Schedule routine check-ups.
  • Speak up for your pet. Tell us about any changes you’ve observed, including:
    • Weight, Appetite or Elimination
    • Food and Water Intake
    • Behavior
    • Skin and coat
    • Mobility
  • Ask us about nutrition and exercise and the role they play in your pet’s health.
  • Know your pet’s condition. Ask us about testing options that can identify health risks before they become evident, including:
    • Routine blood testing
    • Urinalysis
    • Thyroid testing
    • Electrocardiograph (ECG)
    • X-rays
  • Ask for annual screenings for life-threatening diseases, including:
    • FIV (the feline version of HIV), FeLV (feline leukemia)
    • Feline and canine heartworm infection
    • Tick-borne diseases such as canine Lyme disease and E. canis
  • Ask us about the latest advances in veterinary pharmaceuticals that could impact the health of your pet.

Just how Does My Adult Pet's Age Compare To My Age?

By age 7, your cat or dog is approximately the same age as a 45 year old human. Click to learn more about senior cat wellness and senior dog wellness.

Keep your adult pet healthy, call and schedule a senior wellness exam. (408) 252-6380

Comparative Ages of Cats and Humans



1 year

15 years

2 years

24 years

5 years

36 years

7 years

45 years

12 years

64 years

15 years

76 years

18 years

88 years

21 years

100 years

Comparative Ages of Dogs and Humans



1 year

15 years

2 years

24 years

4 years

32 years

7 years

45 years

10 years

56 years

15 years

76 years

20 years

98 years

Content used with permission; based on material provided by: IDEXX Laboratories and Antec Laboratories

To keep your adult pets healthy, we recommend our senior cats and senior dogs come in for regular check ups every six months.

Remember: Six months to your pet is like 2 to 3 human years.

Watch for these signs » 

Keep track and then report them to us immediately, before they become serious.

  • Just not acting like himself/herself
  • Interacting less often with family
  • Responding less often or less enthusiastically
  • Showing changes in behavior/activity level
  • Having difficulty climbing stairs
  • Having difficulty jumping
  • Exhibiting increased stiffness or limping
  • Drinking more often
  • Urinating more often
  • Changing eating patterns
  • Noticeably gaining or losing weight
  • Losing house training habits
  • Changing sleeping patterns
  • Becoming confused or disoriented
  • Changing hair coat, skin, or new lumps or bumps
  • Scratching more often
  • Exhibiting bad breath/red or swollen gums
  • Showing tremors or shaking
  • Other

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