As your pet ages, new problems may arise, such as loss of mobility, digestive problems, vision impairment, and more. We recommend twice a year visits for senior pets so that we can catch any medical issues early, before they become serious. Catching these conditions early means your pet will stay fit and healthy for as long as possible.
Most pets are considered “senior” when they reach age seven, though that varies somewhat with breed. Your veterinarian will help you determine when it’s right for your pet to shift to twice-yearly exams at our hospital.
We recommend the following at-home care for all senior pets:
- Do your best to control your pet’s weight. As pets slow down, it can be easy for them to gain weight. Make sure to limit the snacks and treats and help keep your pet lean and trim for a healthy, long life.
- Continue to provide moderate exercise for your pet, being careful not to let your pet overdo it.
- Prevent stress whenever possible by keeping your daily routine consistent.
- Always provide access to clean, fresh water. Good hydration is vital to your pet’s overall health.
As your pet ages, there are signs to watch for that could indicate that his or her health may be compromised, such as:
- Loss of mobility
- Difficulty eating
- Loss of hearing
- Weight changes
- Any noticeable change in mood or temperament
If you notice any of the above problems in your pet, please contact us right away to schedule an exam.
During your pet’s exam, your veterinarian will do the following:
- Perform a geriatric exam, including blood and urine tests that monitor organ functions
- Discuss nutrition and exercise recommendations for your senior pet
- Assist you with health care and end-of-life decisions for your aging pet