Regardless of their age we know you love and care for your cat or dog. When they become a senior they will need some extra attention. With quality care your senior pet can be around for a very long time. A huge part of their care involves routine veterinary exams. We can provide excellent services and recommendations to keep your cat or dog happy in their golden years.
How often should my senior cat or dog have a wellness exam?
Bi-annual veterinary checkups are generally recommended for senior cats and dogs. Cats and dogs have a shorter lifespan when compared to humans so their health can become tricky within a few years. Our veterinarians may recommend more frequent visits if the patient is already being treated for a known health condition. Book your senior pet's wellness exam today at 705-431-5570.
When does my pet become a senior?
Senior status varies according to species and breed. Feline pets are considered seniors from ages 8 to 10-years-old. Bigger canines tend to age much faster than smaller ones. A large breed dog can be a senior at age 7 while a smaller or medium-sized dog becomes a senior between 10 to 11-years-old. When cats and dogs get to this age you begin to notice the following signs of aging:
- Limited mobility
- Intolerance to exercise
- Appetite and weight loss
- Lumps and bumps on their body
- Increase/decrease in drinking and urination
- Hearing or eyesight problems
Why are regular checkups necessary for senior cats and dogs?
With each wellness exam our veterinarians can follow your senior pet's health. We will run diagnostics such as bloodwork, physical examination, X-rays, and ultrasounds to assess their overall well-being. Even if your companion is not sick it's still important to keep track of their developments and record their normal levels. Senior cats and dogs are prone to various illnesses and it's better to detect them early and provide immediate treatment. Older dogs and cats are susceptible to the following health issues:
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Kidney and liver disease
- Heart disease
- Hormone disorder