Like their human owners, cats and dogs are living longer, and exhibiting illnesses and conditions we associate with advanced age. Regular and preventive care are essential to keeping your pet healthy and happy for as long as possible.
Typically, dogs and cats are classified as senior by the age of seven. Considering that these animals age at a much faster rate than humans, they are more likely to develop serious health issues within a matter of months. Observing a twice-annual schedule for your pet’s checkup appointments is the ideal way to catch minor changes and problems before they turn into life threatening conditions.
As with all pets, senior animals should have a nutritious diet and regular exercise. In addition to being good for physical health, these will support your dog or cat’s mental health and mood.
Yorba Regional Animal Hospital recommends bringing your senior pet for a checkup every six months, and maintaining a good relationship with your veterinarian.
What to expect at your pet’s twice yearly appointments
Every six months, your pet’s doctor will review his or her medical history, and perform a complete physical exam with accompanying appropriate lab tests. The lab tests are designed to detect diseases in the early stages, and help in the determination of treatment. Conditions often watched for are arthritis, cognitive dysfunction syndrome and other conditions that are common among senior pets.
Our veterinarian will always keep you aware of your pet’s test results, and include you in the design of the best care and treatment plans. Diet and activity suggestions will undoubtedly be a part of the final plan.