Generally speaking cats and dogs are considered senior after 11 years and 7 years of age respectively. Just like us the needs of our pets change with the stage of their life.
Providing extra attention and medical care to your pet, in the advanced years of their lives can make it possible to live long, healthy lives. It is important to understand how their needs change as they age. When your pet becomes a senior, they’ll need regular physical exams, vaccines, lab work, and dental care. We recommend wellness exams twice a year for senior pets.
When should my pet start getting geriatric or senior care?
Generally speaking cats and dogs are considered senior after 11 years and 7 years of age respectively. Talk to our veterinarian to determine the best wellness plan for your beloved pet.
Some conditions that typically affect senior pets include:
- Thyroid imbalances
- Behavioral changes
- Mobility issues
- Kidney, heart, and liver disease
- Tumors and cancer
We can detect these conditions via diagnostic testing, such as complete blood counts, urinalyses, ultrasound, radiographs and fecal tests. Fortunately, many age-related health conditions can be prevented or managed via medication and/or treatment. Our goal is to keep your pet happy and healthy well into their golden years and we can do that by addressing their needs on an individual basis.