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 cats and dogs get older, they require different nutrition programs and exercise routines, and they 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 watch for and consider changes to your pets’ health throughout their lives, as many health changes affect pet care. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits with your Aztec Animal Clinic veterinarian are the best way to identify, track and treat problems early on.
Scheduled pet exams are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the ASPCA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarians every six months. These visits establish your pet’s baseline health and are used to ensure that your pet is aging normally. Aztec Animal Clinic veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Stay aware of changes to feeding and exercise so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for your pet and keep your pet comfortable throughout 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 Aztec Animal Clinic can help your senior pet!