It happens to all of us. We go on living our lives when suddenly we wake up with a few extra aches and pains. After stretching and massaging the pains away we move to the bath room to brush our teeth and notice grey hairs that seemingly popped up overnight. That's when it hits us, time is flying by and we aren't as young as we once were.
The same holds true for our
pets. Many of us are aware that our pets age faster than we do, but
many are not aware of how much faster. In general a dog ages at a rate
of approximately 7 years to our 1 and cats at approximately 5 years to
our 1. This does vary depending upon breed and size.
As our pet
ages it is important to keep an extra eye on them to watch for signs of
aging such as arthritis (usually presented as intermittent limping,
moving slower especially after waking up), cataracts (you may see a
cloudy appearance to their eyes particularly in bright light) and
general overall health (senior pets are more prone to diseases such as
kidney and liver failure, diabetes as well as several immune-related
We recommend yearly visits for a healthy senior pet
but more frequent trips to the office for any that may be at risk or
diagnosed with any of these disease processes. Yearly blood checks are
also a great idea to keep an eye on internal organs like the kidneys and
liver. Please let us know if you have any questions about your senior
pet's health or if you would like to schedule them for a general health
check and/or a blood profile.