Compared to humans, our pets age quickly. Most dogs and cats would be considered to be “seniors” by seven years of age! As our pets age, their health care needs change. Fortunately, there are many ways we can adjust how we care for our senior pets, to help our pets to continue to be comfortable, happy and healthy.
As pets age, nutrition and exercise requirements and ability may change. Some pets experience a decline in cognitive function, vision or hearing. Certain disease processes occur more commonly in senior pets, and dental care is even more likely to be needed for our senior pets. These are all areas your veterinarian can assess, and advise you on how to best meet your pet’s needs.
Regular wellness visits can make a big difference for your pet. Being aware of signs of aging or illness early can allow us to start treatments or adjust lifestyle right away, and make for a better outcome for your pet. It is recommended that senior pets see their veterinarian for examinations ever six months. Because our senior pets are aging at a faster rate than humans do, processes in the body can change quite a bit in six months. Twice yearly visits allow your veterinarian to be more likely to diagnose and treat any illness early on.
Pets are living longer than ever thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, and supportive care from owners. We know your pet is an important part of your family, and value being able to help you find the best options for caring for your senior pet.