Making Senior Patients a Practice Priority

Senior pets make up 44% of the pet population. This demographic should encourage veterinary practices to expand their focus on the senior pet and their family. There are several ways practices can encourage families to bring their senior pets into the clinic and a vast number of tools that can be implemented in the clinic to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable visit for all involved. Creating a senior-friendly hospital may include changing or adding senior-friendly flooring, using pheromones, developing questionnaires and checklists specifically for senior pets, scheduling longer appointment times, developing Senior Care Kits, and expanding end-of-life care tools and practices.

The 2023 AAHA Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, CareCredit, IDEXX, and Zoetis.

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