Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered “seniors” at around 7 years of age? Just as our healthcare needs change as we age, your pet’s healthcare needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine can also change as your pet ages.
But how can you tell the difference between “normal” again and a medical problem? As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious. Senior pet care is one of the most important things you can do for your loved pet. Senior pets are at an increased risk for illnesses such as kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, obesity, and dental disease.
Bi-annual exams and yearly health and diagnostic screenings allow the doctors to evaluate and identify diseases early, even if your pet is not showing signs of illness. Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years”.