Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered â€œseniorsâ€ at around 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your petâ€™s health care needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your petâ€™s daily routine can change as your pet ages. But how can you tell the difference between â€œnormalâ€ aging 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.
Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your petâ€™s life, so donâ€™t forget to keep your senior petâ€™s scheduled wellness appointments. The best way to help protect your pet as he or she ages is to understand the aging process in pets. We understand that process and can help you help your pet. Even if your senior pet is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your petâ€™s health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.
Your senior petâ€™s wellness examination is also your chance to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your petâ€™s health care.
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 petâ€™s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the â€œgolden years.â€