Skippack Animal Hospital

Senior Pet Care

Your senior pet is so special and our medical team is honored to care for your pets as they age. Many senior pets greatly benefit from bi-annual exams and routine annual bloodwork. If you think you your senior pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian but are not sure, ask yourself, "Has anything changed?"

Caring For Your Senior Pet

Changes just below the radar are what we are looking for when it comes to your senior pet. Pets have a hard time telling us what is wrong, and our seniors can be stoic. So, it is important to note subtle changes. For example, is your pet refusing stinky pet food? You know the one that smells up the house, but your pet usually loves. Or you may notice them avoiding social situations or having difficulty at night.

To age is normal, but we want them to experience the best of life. So, our facility offers a wide range of diagnostic measures and therapeutic practices to care for your pet. You and your vet will determine the next best steps to be taken for your pet. We provide therapies like chiropractic care, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and shockwave therapy.

Chiropractic care prevents the body from adjusting to unhealthy positions to offset pain. While we treat pets of all ages with chiropractic care, senior pets are seen most. Our highly skilled and experienced clinical team relieves pets of pain and discomfort with gentle vertebral alignment. This therapy treats pets with neck pain, back pain, injuries, muscle spasms, and maintains joint and spinal health.

Hydrotherapy and our OASIS underwater treadmill helps with weight management, post-operative recovery, neurological disorders, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and provides vital mental stimulation. Our highly trained medical team assures safety and that your pet will move at a comfortable pace. Hydrotherapy allows pets with mobility issues to strengthen their muscles and tendons without added pressure on the joints.  

Our facility also provides FDA cleared laser therapy, completely free of pain. This therapy uses deep-penetrating light that releases endorphins and stimulates injured cells. We treat conditions like arthritis, degenerative joint disease, post-surgical pain relief, ear infections, wounds, gingivitis, cystitis, burns, and lick granulomas. But every senior’s needs are different, and some seniors need a combination of therapies. Laser therapy can stimulate acupuncture points.  

Do not let the needles scare you! Seniors who live with chronic pain from arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, injury, and asthma. Acupuncture can also help strengthen the immune system and manage asthma and endocrine disorders. Sessions typically take 15 minutes to an hour and are recommended 1-2 times per week. You and your vet may discuss a more progressive therapy, like shockwave therapy.

Shockwave therapy helps with chronic pain and lameness by using high energy soundwaves that allow for a non-invasive deep tissue penetration. This advanced sound therapy is especially useful in treating musculoskeletal injuries, osteoarthritis, and wound healing. But we tailor our treatment plans to each individual pet.

Each senior pet is unique, they may benefit from one therapy, or a combination. You know your pet the best. In the good times and the bad. By committing to a bi-annual exam we can intervene sooner for the quality of your pet’s life. But if new things come up, give us a call anytime. We are here for the life of your pet.

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Located on Rt 73 (Skippack Pike). The hospital is less than half a mile from Skippack Village and Skippack Creek.

Phone: 610-584-6300

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