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Senior Pet Care

Let Us Help You Care for Your Faithful Old Friends

Age is not a disease and modern veterinary medicine allows us to work to optimize all pets "golden" or senior years through preventative programs.  At Balboa Pet Hospital in San Francisco, our veterinarians will work with you to understand the subtle symptoms that may indicate an illness.  Senior dogs, cats, rabbits, all animals, are susceptible to illnesses as a part of the normal aging process. (Just like you and me.)  Symptoms like kidney failure, heart disease, arthritis, dental disease, cancer, and cognitive dysfunction may seem to appear out of no where.  That's because our pets are so good at hiding their illness.  

Watch senior pets for changes in thirst, urination, appetite and behavior.

With advances in veterinary care, diagnostics, nutrition and surgery, our veterinarians are helping our four legged friends in live longer. Not too long agodiseases might not have been diagnosed until it was too late to have a positive outcome.  But now you can do so much more. More importantly, improved care is enabling our "senior" pets to live those golden years to the fullest.  

Senior Pets often hide their symptoms.

Many age related problems are still seen as inevitable, but the attitudes of both veterinarians and pet owners have changed. At Balboa Pet Hospital, our Veterinarians offer the latest veterinary therapies as well as alternatives like acupuncture and herbal remedies.  We work closely with you and your dear old friend to provide the care they need to live as long and as comfortable as possible. We are also here for you if you find you need hospice care

How old is my pet?  

Pets age at different rates and the rate is dependent on a number of factors.  Often size dictates the average length of a dog's life.  Indoor cats tend to live longer than outdoor cats.  One thing is for certain, they age fast than we humans do.  This is an excellent reference chart from Pet Health Network.

When is my pet considered senior? (courtesy of Idexx Laboratories)

Warning Signs in Senior Pets

Your insight into behaviors is a necessity in arriving at the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. More frequent visits are preferred for our aging dogs, cats and other pets. If you notice any of the following, call or email us for an appointment.  

  1. increased thirst and urination
  2. loss of bladder control or breaking house training
  3. repeated vomiting
  4. bad breath, drooling or changes in appetite
  5. excessive panting or exercise intolerance
  6. lumps or changes in areas of skin color
  7. change in appetite - eating more or less than usual
  8. changes in behavior such as "spacing out" or excessive whining
  9. unusual bowel habits - diarrhea or constipation
  10. changes in body weight - gaining or losing weight

Educational Videos:  

  1. How do you Care for a Senior Citizen Cat?

  2. Caring for Senior 

More Links about Senior Behavior and Disease

Senior Behavior Issues

 Arthritis in Dogs 

 5 silent killers in Cats

 Hidden Heart Disease in Senior  Cats

Watch pets closely and report any unusual behavioral or physical problems to your veterinarian immediately. Work with your veterinarian and develop a specific senior wellness program for your pet's individual needs so that your special friend can enjoy aging gracefully.  

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.


    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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