Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However, with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes, osteoarthritis, kidney, heart, and liver disease, tumors and cancers, hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance, and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with us to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
So when is a pet considered a senior? Generally, smaller breeds of dogs live longer than larger breeds, and cats live longer than dogs. Beyond that, the life span will vary with each individual, and we can help you determine what stage of life your pet is in. Keep in mind that some small dog breeds may be considered senior at 10–13 years, while giant breeds are classified as seniors at ages as young as six.
Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets in good health. When dogs and cats enter the senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. Senior care, which starts with the regular veterinary exam, is needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis. We recommend that healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. Keep in mind that every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to 5–7 human years. In order stay current with your senior pet’s health care, twice-a-year exams are a must.
The best approach to caring for your senior pet includes preventive testing so that:
- We can establish baseline blood work to serve as a comparison when changes occur
- We can identify existing health problems that aren't detected through a physical exam alone
- We can monitor progress during treatment
The tests we recommend are similar to and equally as important as those that human physician’s run on their patients. After we run the recommended tests, we can help you understand your pet’s current health status and common medical conditions your pet could face, and discuss a regular monitoring plan.
Together, we can help your pet. You know your pet better than anyone else and can alert us to any changes in your pet before they become serious. We can help you understand the common medical conditions that your senior pet faces, and discuss a regular monitoring plan.
Wellness screens are promoted year-round.
“We've been bringing our little buddies to Crossroads over 20 years. I can't imagine taking a pet any where else. ”— Darren D.
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“We have trusted Crossroads Animal Hospital with the care of our furry babies for over 19 years. Our animals are our children and the doctors and staff help us through all issues, good and bad, providing the best life for our babies. We feel we are in the best possible care ”— Julie and Greg S.
“I started going to Crossroads Animal Hospital in 1987. As with most people who love their animals, they are not just “pets”, they are part of my family. The professional & personal care shown to them (and me) has always been outstanding from everyone at the clinic; I cannot say enough good things about Crossroads. I would highly recommend Crossroads Animal Hospital to anyone looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care. They are simply the best. ”— Kelly C.
“ From puppy-hood to adult dogs, the team at Crossroads has worked carefully, diligently, and most importantly, compassionately to meet our organization's requirements and provide the health solutions and care our dogs need. The real value of Crossroads is that you get a partner who truly wants to see your companion animal and family member healthy and happy and whose individual team members work with you to ensure they are. Thanks, Crossroads! ”— PawPADS
“I found Crossroads Animal Hospital before I even moved to Minnesota! We had two pets, one with a serious chronic condition and other with a life-threatening acute condition, and needed to ensure continuity of care once I arrived in Minnesota. Dr. Davies, Dr. Michels and the staff at Crossroads Animal Hospital provided fantastic care to my pets for the rest of their lives. And they demonstrate amazing compassion and caring to my pets and to my family when our pets reached the end of their time with us. ”— Chris B.
“I’ve always gotten very good care for my pets at Crossroads. My recent visit was no different. Thanks to a caring staff and great doctors. ”— Paul and Nancy L.
“We were both very pleased with Dr. Davies we felt very confident, comfortable with her and we think Sami did too. ”— Tim and Cheryl C.
“Our dog Raymond has been a patient at Crossroads for over a decade. The doctors and staff there have helped us through the ups and downs of his health. He wouldn’t be alive today without them. Now they are helping us manage his senior years so he is as happy and active as a 15 year old dog can be. We are grateful to them in every direction for their expertise and loving support. ”— Velvet W.
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“Dr. Michaels has always been a very caring person which helps to make her the excellent vet that she is. She listens to us when we explain why we are there. She treats our dog with compassion. We never have to worry about the care our dog receives while she is at Crossroads. ”— Bob and Julia C.
“Great! Good talk to the Dr. led to understanding a long standing issue with our dog. She was great to listen and gave us very useful information. A+++ visit! ”— Roger and Lana J.
“Everything was great. Justice is doing super and we really do appreciate all that you guys do for our Roark puppies. ”— Mike and Sue R.
“Dr Michaels and the staff provided excellent service.... Just as they have throughout all of my furry “kids” lives. They are loving, thorough, and wonderful. The best vets for almost 25 yrs of service!!! ”— Steve and Sheryl S.
“Dr Michaels you are the best. Always love seeing you and the staff. You are very caring and always have my boys best interest at heart. ”— Peggy H.
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“Everyone is always very friendly and care about the welfare of my pet. ”— Marian and Daniel A.
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“Great as always. ”— Brian B.
“I highly recommend Crossroads Animal Hospital. We were so glad we chose this group when we rescued our dog. She was emaciated and sick from being on the road for a couple of months and Crossroads worked very closely with us to help bring her back to health. The vets and staff are very attentive and their love and caring for animals shows. Our primary vet is Julie Michels, she is knowledgeable, concerned, respectful (of both our dog and us) and communicates very well. We have seen other vets in the group as well and have found the same attitudes. If you are looking for a doctor for any of your pets, this is an excellent choice. ”— Carrie H.
“Dr. Michaels is always focused on Princess. She puts us at ease with her calm demeanor. She will discuss any options, including cost, available for treating our dogs illness. The techs understand caring for a dog and are sensitive to our feelings. The office staff have a smile and are very attentive to the customer. They are also fun to joke with. All in all, an excellent place to take your pet. ”— Bob and Julia C.
“New client to Crossroads. Needed an appointment for my 12 1/2 yr old female cat. Got the appointment quickly. Saw Dr. Julie. Couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience. Excellent customer service, thorough exam on Callie, called the next day with results. Would highly recommend to anyone needing veterinarian services. ”— Jean L.
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“We are always able to get an appointment quickly and one that works with our schedule. The office staff is always friendly and helpful. The doctors also explain everything thoroughly and call us personally to explain test results, etc. ”— Tony and Laurie C.
“Crossroads Animal Hospital is fantastic. I am so appreciative of all of the care they’ve given my pets. They are friendly and honest, flexible and great at what they do. ”— Jennifer and Luke V.
“I have been using Crossroads for over 20 years to provide Vet. care for my cats. They are professional, caring. friendly, practical, helpful and expert in their care of my feline pets. ”— Mary Ann and James W.
“The care Crossroads Animal Hospital provides is excellent! I’ve been bringing my pets here since you opened and would not consider going elsewhere. Thank you! ”— Laura and Loren H.
“Dr. Langevin is wonderful. She obviously cares about pets and their care as well as the people who own them. She seemed knowledgeable about new treatments for my dog with epilepsy. ”— Robin and Steven N.
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“This is a great veterinary clinic. The employees are always friendly and knowledgeable. ”— Jane and Mike S.
“Kelly is always sooooo friendly & helpful. You’re very fortunate to have her on your staff. ”— Sue L.
“I have been bringing my dogs to Crossroads Animal Hospital for over 16 years. The care from all of the staff there has been exemplary. They have all gone above and beyond on more than one occasion. From a volunteer to stay a little after hours because I couldn’t get there before closing time, to the doctors who diagnosed a difficult problem of a very sick dog who was just 6 years old at the time. That dog is now almost 18 now and is doing great! I will be using Crossroads for all of my future veterinary needs and will highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for excellent care for their animals. ”— Nadine O.
“Dr. Strecker is a wonderful vet. He goes above and beyond and obviously cares about dogs. He suggested a different medication that we could try to treat a long-standing medical problem of our dog that I was not aware was an option. ”— Robin and Steven N.