Old age is not a disease!
We want your pets to celebrate their golden years!
Your pets health can change quickly as he or she ages and these subtle changes often go unnoticed. Having your senior pet examined twice a year (every 6 months) can help with early detection and intervention of disease, resulting in a lifetime of good health.
Changes in activity, such as decreased interest in going on walks, or having trouble jumping into the family vehicle or favorite chair can be signs of arthritis. Behavior changes can be the first indication of aging. These changes may be due to discomfort or pain. They can also have normal aging changes such as worsening vision or hearing.
An older pet is more likely to develop diseases such as heart, kidney and liver disease, cancer or arthritis.
Obesity dramatically contributes to many age-related, debilitating issues such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
Exercising your pet will help burn calories, it will strengthen muscles, and reduce the risk of obesity. The activity you choose should be appropriate for your dog’s level of strength and mobility. Shorter, more frequent walks may be better than going for a strenuous hike or 5 K run. Gradually build up the duration and exertion of your dog’s activity level.
Screening for common diseases such as hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease, arthritis, and diabetes is very important in this age group. All older cats should be carefully assessed for signs of pain on a routine basis.
Examinations should occur at least once yearly, however as our cats age (>11 years) they should have at least twice yearly visits.