Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly 7 times the rate humans do. As your cat or dog gets older they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases.
Common Age-Related Diseases:
• Kidney and liver disease
• Intestinal disorders
• Joint and bone disease
• Breast and testicular cancer
• Cognitive difficulties
It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the ASPCA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Northwest Veterinary Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Information about feeding and exercise changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Northwest Veterinary Hospital can help your senior pet!