Senior/Geriatric Dog Wellness

"It has been repeatedly documented that many of the chronic disorders and disease processes seen in senior pets can be either cured or at least medically controlled if they are detected early enough. Earlier detection and prompt treatment of medical conditions improves the chances that senior pets will live longer, happier, and better quality lives."

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual... (animal). Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the... (animal).”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • DHPP
    (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
    • Booster every 3 years.
  • Rabies
    • Booster every 3 years.
  • *Leptospirosis
    • Booster annually.
  • *Bordetella
    • Booster annually.
  • *Rattlesnake
    • Booster annually.

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Our clinic follows guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Internal Parasites

  • If your dog will travel outside of Central Oregon:
    1. Iverhart Max should be administered every month.
    2. A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.
    3. A heartworm test should be performed yearly.
  • If your dog will stay within Central Oregon:
    1. Iverhart Max should be administered every other month.
    2. A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.

External Parasites

  • Use Bravecto Chews (flea and tick prevention) to help prevent fleas and ticks locally and outside the area.

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Yes, you can teach your dog to have its teeth brushed, and we highly recommend it! Here are a few other recommendations to help keep your dog's chompers in good shape:

Preventive Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew, better to rinse, but it is best to brush!

Broken Teeth

Broken teeth are a very common occurrence in dogs. They can break due to trauma, or due to chewing on hard objects. After the tooth is fractured, bacteria from the mouth will gain access to the pulp (root canal) and infect the tooth. These infected teeth are painful, as anyone who has needed a root canal can attest.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows, and the gums recede further which exposes sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and bony tooth sockets Left untreated, the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket which destroys the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens, and may fall out.

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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial, and is formulated for maintenance.

RecommendationScience Diet® Healthy Advantage Mature Adult

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.

Obesity Prevention is stressed at this stage of life.

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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to, and if behavioral problems occur.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

The acronym DISHA has been used to describe the signs associated with cognitive dysfunction. DISHA refers to Disorientation; Interactions that have been altered between pets, family members, or other pets; Sleep-wake cycle changes; Housesoiling; and Activity Level changes. If your dog has one or more of the signs below, and all potential physical or medical causes have been ruled out, it may be due to cognitive dysfunction.


Fear is a physiological, behavioral, and emotional reaction to stimuli that an pet encounters. The physiological reaction results in an increase in heart rate, increased respiratory rate (panting), sweating, trembling, pacing, and possibly urination and defecation. Behaviorally, an animal will exhibit changes in body posture and activity when it is afraid. The animal may engage in an avoidance response, such as fleeing or hiding.

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The Doctors and Staff of Redmond Veterinary Clinic believe maintaining a well groomed animal is an extension of good overall health.  Regular grooming promotes:

  • A Vibrant Haircoat.
  • A Decrease in Shedding.
  • A Decrease in Skin Disease.
  • A Stronger Bond with Your Pet.

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An aging pet’s organs gradually deteriorate and may lose their ability to function properly. We use diagnostic testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease. This way, we can maintain health and prevent illness during the pet’s senior and geriatric years. 

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Many of our senior and geriatric patients go undiagnosed because we attribute the subtle changes in our dogs to “old age” or “slowing down.”