Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered “seniors” at around 7 years of age? Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine will change as your pet ages. But how can you tell the difference between “normal” aging and a medical problem? As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious.
Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet’s life, but even more important in your pet’s “golden years,” particularly if your pet has been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition:
- • Routine blood work and other diagnostic testing allow us to evaluate how your pet is responding to current management strategies.
- • Treatment recommendations change as a condition progresses; sometimes dosages need to be adjusted or medications changed.
You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care; we can answer your questions and encourage your involvement about decisions regarding your pet’s care.