Although your pets may remain forever young at heart, once they reach the double digits, they are soundly in the senior phase of life. Some large-breed dogs are considered seniors as early as the age of seven. Although cats can approach two decades in age, by the time they are nine they are also usually considered seniors.
As our pets age, their needs change. They might physically slow down, and their metabolism and immune systems tend to decline.
Once a pet is considered geriatric, we recommend more frequent wellness examinations than the once-yearly schedule recommended for younger dogs and cats. Because senior pets are in greater danger of developing a chronic condition such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, or thyroid disease, routine veterinary visits will help veterinarians to catch any concerning symptoms early.
The physical examination for seniors will be similar to that for younger pets, but the veterinarian will most likely run a few more tests, which are likely to include,
If you are the owner of a senior pet, please note any sudden changes in their behaviour such as decreased appetite, lessened mobility, or increased agitation, and call us immediately.
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