Senior pets require more frequent veterinary visits and monitoring, as well as a little extra love and attention. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has created the 2023 Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats to support veterinary teams in their care for each unique senior patient.
The saying that “old age is not a disease” is one that veterinary staff share often with owners of geriatric pets. Annual or semi-annual veterinary care, along with increasing home-life standards such as proper nutrition and frequent exercise, has resulted in pets living longer, healthier lives. The senior pet population is therefore growing, and veterinary staff and clinics should be prioritizing geriatric care with a holistic approach, as well as catering to the human-animal bond.
More recommendations, client handouts, and resources related to senior pet care can be found at aaha.org/senior-care.
Designed in collaboration with the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the NAVC offers the Human-Animal Bond Certification through VetFolio. Earn 18 CE credits and learn what the bond is, how it works, and how to demonstrate the role of the veterinary healthcare team in supporting and strengthening its effects.