Senior Pet Health Care

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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 diseases).

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.