Senior Pet Care

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before; however, with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets in tip-top shape. When dogs and cats enter their senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever.

At around age seven, your pet is entering his or her senior years and often begins to develop diseases common to humans such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease and cancer. These diseases easily can go undetected because your pet may not show any visible symptoms. Therefore, preventative health care is critical. Routine examinations, blood testing, urine testing, radiographs and electrocardiograph tests can help identify potential health risks before they become evident. Inform your veterinarian of any changes you notice in your pet, including changes in weight, appetite, energy, urination, behavior, skin and coat and ability to get up and down. Routine veterinary care will allow your pet to have the best possible quality of life for years to come.

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