Senior Care

Senior Wellness Exams

This semi-annual visit includes a routine physical examination and may include specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease processes. We tailor these exams and tests to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs. Because a mature pet's condition can change significantly in a short period of time, we recommend that families bring in their senior pets approximately every 6 months.

Dental Care

Unfortunately, dental disease is all too common in pets, especially older pets, and it represents a significant systemic health risk. Because bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and get passed to other organs, periodontal disease has been associated with kidney, liver, lung, and heart disease. Additionally, pets in oral distress will often experience difficulty or discomfort when eating. Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic recommends regular dental exams and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years.

End of Life Care

Euthanasia—and tending to your pets' remains—are two of the most difficult issues to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, guilt, and grief.

Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. It can be very helpful to talk to us about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Discover your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's record.

Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered. All of us at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic will do our best to help you prepare for these important decisions with the compassion and sensitivity they require.