As much as we wish our pets aged at the same rate as us, they grow old much more quickly than we do. Cats and small dogs are considered seniors at the ripe, old age of 7, and larger dogs are considered seniors at age 6.
Signs of Health Problems in Older Pets
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms, as your pet ages:
- Unusual aggression
- Disinterest in human companions
- Reduced mobility and decreased activity
- Appetite loss
- Unusual weight loss or reduced muscle mass
Pets instinctively hide symptoms, making it tough to know if your pet's sick. Any behavioral changes in your pets could indicate a health problem. If you notice anything unusual, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment.
As a pets age, a variety of chronic diseases and conditions become more common. During an older pet's regular checkup, our veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination and also might recommend routine blood tests or urinalyses to screen your pet for age-related medical concerns such as:
- Bone or joint disease
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Urinary tract/kidney disease
It's essential to detect and diagnose disease as early as possible. When treatment is begun at an early stage of disease, possibly before your pet has even begun experiencing symptoms, the disease will be much more effectively managed. Early diagnosis and treatment also limits the level of discomfort your pet has to suffer as a result of an age-related condition.
Maintaining Your Pet's Quality of Life Through the Golden Years
As pets age, their needs change. At Wesson Animal Clinic in Mobile, our veterinarians can help you provide your aging pets with everything they need. This might include making slight lifestyle adjustments such as replacing regular food and water bowls with raised dishes, providing a soft place to rest, introducing dietary supplements, and making dietary adjustments that will keep them at their healthiest, happiest, and most energized throughout their golden years.
Depending on your pet's medical history and current condition, our veterinarians might also recommend scheduling more frequent checkups. As pets age, the development and progression of new diseases can occur quickly. As a result, frequent wellness exams make it easier to detect, diagnose, and treat diseases as they arise.
For more information about geriatric care or to schedule an appointment, please contact Wesson Animal Clinic.