At Family Member Animal Hospital, we especially love caring for your older furry companions. They often need a little more love than their younger brothers and sisters as they age later in life. And thanks to advances in veterinary care over the last few years, our pets are living longer just like we are. We pride ourselves on our relationship with you and your pet throughout their lifelong journey, from young to old.

Though it can vary depending on breed and other lifestyle or genetic factors, most pets are considered senior at 7 years old. At this age, they often need to be seen a little more often by our veterinarian for regular check-ups and preventative care. It’s common for symptoms of certain chronic illnesses to start to show, and your cat or dog may need extra care.

It’s important to remember that age itself isn’t a disease. But we do know senior pets don’t heal as quickly. Many painful or debilitating conditions can be treated or eased with early diagnosis and care from a veterinarian.

There are a variety of options available to pets and owners for the most common age-related ailments, such as joint pain or diabetes. Your animal can get everything from dietary counseling that helps with weight management, blood work, to surgeries that help with uncomfortable symptoms at our clinic.  Dr. Gunckel is happy to go over these with you to find the best fit for you and your pet. Every situation is different, and you deserve individualized care for your older family members.

Family Member Animal Hospital is proud to provide senior pet care in the Loveland, Fort Collins, Drake, Estes Park, Windsor, Johnstown, Berthoud, Longmont and Greeley communities.