Senior Pets Get Extra TLC at All Animal Clinic

Technical advances in veterinary medicine, improved diets, and regular visits to the veterinarian all add up to pets living longer than ever before. We consider pets to be "seniors" at the age of seven. Since dogs and cats age must faster than humans, the rate at which age-related illnesses occur is also much faster for our pets.

Senior Pet Care at All Animal Clinic

Older pets often face many of the same health problems that humans develop, including arthritis, diabetes, kidney and liver dysfunction, heart and lung problems, and so on. In addition, they may experience behavioral changes such as decreased physical activity, less interaction with family members, changes in sleeping patterns, and loss of house-training.

If you have a senior pet, we recommend the following to keep your pet healthy and comfortable:

  • Schedule a checkup with your veterinarian twice a year. Early detection can minimize the impact and help prevent the progression of age-related diseases. More frequent checkups are an important part of catching problems before they become serious or uncomfortable for your pet. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any physical or behavioral changes you have observed in your pet.
  • Control your pet’s weight—Keep your pet in good physical shape by avoiding feeding excessive snacks and treats. And remember that your senior pet is not as active as he or she once was, so may not require as much food.
  • Exercise—Provide moderate exercise, not letting your pet over-exert him- or herself.
  • Prevent stress—Keep your daily routine consistent, making minimal changes to your normal household routine.
  • Provide access to clean, fresh water—Help your pet stay hydrated with easy access to water at all times.

When you bring your senior pet to our clinic for a checkup, your veterinarian will do the following:

  • Provide a geriatric exam, including blood and urine tests that monitor organ functions
  • Advise you on proper feeding and exercising as your pet ages
  • Assist you with health care and end-of-life decisions for your aging pet

I feel very lucky to have a place where our animals are cared for professionally and compassionately and one where I know they will be treated as individual patients and not just another number. Doctors Velasco and Runnfeldt are some of the best veterinarians in our area and I am very proud that we are able to utilize their services for our companion animal pet rescue.

— June Hatlestad

We have been bringing our pets to All Animal Clinic for over 25 years. The degree of knowledge and professionalism displayed by the doctors is unsurpassed, and the entire staff’s positive attitude, compassion, and understanding give us total confidence. We always leave with peace of mind, knowing our pets have received the best care possible.

— Jeff & Jackie Acre

Since the early 90s we’ve been coming to All Animal Clinic and just have to say, they are wonderful. Our dogs Zeus & Thor are happy, healthy, and appreciate the kind and caring atmosphere of the clinic. We’ve lived all over the country with our dogs nowhere has come close to keeping our animal family as happy and as healthy as All Animal Clinic.

— Anne & Bill Clayton

My dogs have been clients of All Animal Clinic for 15 years. I have found the doctors and staff to be excellent in all areas of care. Their ability to diagnose and treat every situation I have taken them in for has been amazing. They are all professional, caring, and efficient. I recommend this clinic and their doctors without hesitation.

— Diane Rogers

15 years ago we moved from California with seven dogs, and knew right away we’d have to find an excellent vet to care for our "children". Deciding on All Animal Clinic was the best choice we could have made. The facility is spotless and filled with the most modern equipment. The staff is professional and knowledgeable, caring and considerate. Most of all, the doctors are truly excellent.

— Christy & Tom Hallquest