While some age-related diseases may not be preventable, early detection and intervention is the key to successful management.
Did you know that after 8 years of age, your pet is considered Geriatric? Pets age much more quickly than we do. Because of this we recommend that your senior pet be seen at least yearly. With these yearly exams we are given the best chance to catch problems early and/or prevent serious issues. During this exam, your pets’ doctor will assess and discuss with you your pet’s weight, dental health, activity level, symptoms of pain or arthritis, nutritional level, and heart health. Based on the doctors findings, laboratory blood tests may be need to be completed in order to get a better picture of what is occurring inside your furry family member and may need twice a year exams.
You may notice your furry family member slowing down or seems less interested in activities that he/she used to enjoy and you may think that is part of getting older. However, more often then not, there is a hidden problem that we can treat. Certain symptoms to keep an eye out for in your senior pet include:
- weight loss or gain
- increased panting
- lameness or trouble with stairs
- increased thirst
- problems urinating
- new lumps or bumps
- changes in sleep pattern
- periods of disorientation
If you start to notice any of these symptoms, please do not assume they are part of ageing. Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.