Graceful Aging for Your Pet

Senior Pet Care at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital Just because your pet is getting older, doesn’t mean he or she can’t have a fulfilling life. Like humans, prolonged vitality depends on a healthy lifestyle and diligently managed health care. At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help with both aspects.

With the exception of a few breeds, most pets become seniors around the age of 8. Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. The bad news—the increase in lifespan is accompanied by an increase in ailments and diseases that can potentially affect your pet. A proactive and preventive approach to your pet’s health is more important than ever before. This is why we suggest increasing his or her physical exams to twice per year.

What to expect with senior pet wellness exams in Knoxville

  • Comprehensive physical examinations
  • Heartworm testing
  • Screening for intestinal parasites/de-worming
  • Vaccinations when appropriate
  • Dental examinations
  • Senior wellness blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Evaluation for osteoarthritis
  • Discussion of the aging process
  • Discussion of any behavior changes
  • Answers to any questions you may have

You, as the owner, will be counseled on subjects such as dental care, nutrition, exercise, and the warning signs that something more serious than aging is affecting your pet.

Symptoms to look for

  • Radical decrease in appetite
  • Radical increase in water consumption or urinations
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dramatic change in behavior
  • Change in housebreaking
  • Trouble walking
  • Coughing or gagging
  • Fatigue or shortness of breath

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to notify us immediately.

To find out more about our senior pet wellness program, or to make an appointment for your pet, contact us today.


"Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has been caring for our pets for many years and will continue to do so for many more due to the skill and dedication of the professionals who lead the organization."
— Joe & Helen Bruner

"All my pets have been patients at Volunteer Veterinary for at least the last 20 years. The entire staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure my dogs have been properly taken care of. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else."
— Phylis Flenniken

"I want to thank you and your entire staff for all that you do for my dogs. I’ll never forget when we lost our precious Sapphire years ago; and the way you allowed me to come daily and spend time with her. Your compassion and kindness was so comforting to us during our time of loss."
— Sherry Meacham & Roscoe

"Let me say that I feel honored to reference in behalf of my experience with Volunteer Vet Hospital. I admire Dr Bihl and his staff, they are very kind and considerate. I enjoyed my visits and knew they were compassionate and caring people."
— Susan Oglietti