Just because your pet is getting older doesn’t mean that slowing down, gaining weight, and changes in behavior are inevitable. In fact, most changes associated with aging in pets can be treated or even prevented.
Senior pets need more attention than they did when they were younger, even if they’re healthy. Dogs and cats age five to seven times faster than people do, so health condition changes can occur much more quickly. Some of the same diseases and conditions that affect people, including arthritis, cancer, dental disease, diabetes, intestinal issues, thyroid problems, and heart, kidney, and liver diseases, also affect pets.
With advances in pet nutrition and veterinary care, our pets are living longer. To help get the most from that extra time with your senior pet, we recommend bringing them in for a complete physical examination once every six months, along with routine testing once a year to help detect diseases early, when they are easier to treat.
Please contact us today to schedule a senior wellness exam. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have about your pet’s health. Let’s work together to keep your pet happy and healthy!