As pets age, their bodies and immune systems will inevitably slow down. But the love they carry in their hearts for their families will only continue to grow over their lifetime. Help keep your lifetime friend healthy and strong into their twilight years with regular check ups.
Wellness exams are even more critical for geriatric pets, because they are more likely to contract a chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, or arthritis. Because these diseases by definition have a slow onset, it is important for a veterinary professional to assess senior pets for their early signs. Therefore, we recommend at least two wellness visits per year for senior pets.
Large and giant-sized dogs are typically considered seniors at the age of 7. Smaller dogs are considered seniors around the age of 8 or 9. Cats are considered seniors also around the age of 9. As a general rule, by the time a dog or cat is in their double digits, they are considered geriatric.
If you notice a sudden change in your senior pet’s disposition, or sleeping or eating patterns, please call us immediately to bring them in for an evaluation.
Whether your senior is acting strangely, or just in need of a check-up, we have a few routine tests for seniors that can help us evaluate their overall health. These tests include: