Bethel Animal Hospital

7680 Bethel Road
Gainesville, GA 30506



Senior dog

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We pay special attention to your senior pet's comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your pet's health. Feeding your pet specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. 

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets healthy. AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats (age 7+) visit the veterinarian every six (6)months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. 

A visit to us is imperative if you notice of any of the following:

  • Changes in mobility
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ears odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Unexplained weight gain