Dogs and cats age much faster than their human companions. When an animal is considered a “senior” pet varies depending on their species, breed, and size. We recommend that once pets hit their senior years, they come into the vet for additional routine veterinary visits. Senior pets may have special needs and with age comes some age-associated conditions including:
- Dental Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
These conditions could become more prevalent as your pet gets older. For this reason, we recommend twice-yearly veterinary visits.
Your aging pet may be showing early signs of osteoarthritis such as stiffness after rest or play, difficulty going up or down stairs, and reduced activity. Early intervention with joint supplements and prescription medications when indicated, along with modified nutrition and exercise plans, can greatly improve your pet’s comfort and mobility.
Additionally, some pets experience age-related behavioral changes that can be a sign of cognitive dysfunction, which is similar in some ways to dementia. Your veterinarian can recommend diet modification and supplements to help improve your older pet’s mental sharpness.
Likewise, performing lab work on your older pet can help identify early stages of medical problems that might go unrecognized, and progress significantly without treatment.
Getting older doesn’t have to be fraught with troubles for your pet. See your vet regularly to help keep your senior pet healthy and comfortable.