HOW PETS AGE -
We have all heard the term “Dog Years”, but what does that really mean?
It means that pets age at a more accelerated rate than people. Therefore, by the time dogs and cats reach the age of 8 years, they are advancing into senior status. Since they age faster, health problems related to aging advance at a more accelerated rate as well.
THE GOOD NEWS -
The good news is that pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. This is due to improved nutrition, advances in veterinary care and the focus on preventive care.
THERE’S A LOT WE CAN DO!
The BEST way that we can help your pet live the longest and healthiest life possible is by practicing preventive care. That means catching aging-related problems early. When we have the opportunity to catch these problems early, before they are advanced they are often easier and less expensive to treat.
The following is what we recommend for our senior patients:
•Regular examinations – Because senior pets experience faster changes in their health, regular, even twice per year examinations are important. At that time we can make recommendations for your senior pet. For example, choosing appropriate vaccines and making changes in diet and nutrition and other preventive care steps
•Blood tests – Performing a blood test specifically designed for senior pets will help us detect problems early
•Radiographs – X-rays of the chest and abdomen can help identify problems that may not be detected with a physical exam or blood tests