As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer, too!
Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced.
As your dog and cat matures, they will need more attention and special care. Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet's life. The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver problems all increase with age. In addition, dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced. Senior status varies depending on your pet's breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can offer your pets proper health care so they have a good quality of life. Generally, dogs and cats reach their senior age at 10 years old. At this time, we suggest bringing them in every 6 months for a physical exam. At this age, we offer dogs and cats a "Senior Testing Package." This is a full package check-up where your pet will have: whole-body radiographs, blood pressure checked, eye tonometry/pressure tested, and electrocardiogram (ECG)/heart monitored. Ideally, this should be done annually.
We can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.
We will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!