Senior Pets Need More Frequent Care
By age 7, the average dog is considered a senior, and cats are seniors by about age 10. Despite the accelerated aging process, pets can experience a variety of conditions similar to those experienced by humans. As they slow down, they lose muscle mass and sleep more often. They also become more prone to illness and are at a higher risk for injury. Fortunately, these issues can be managed and improved with regular wellness visits and blood testing to monitor their health for changes.
Common Health Problems in Seniors
Along with the expected conditions that come with aging, such as hearing loss and vision loss, there are other, more harmful conditions that can also arise. These include:
- Degenerative joint/disc disease
- Dental disease
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Cognitive dysfunction
How Semiannual Exams Benefit Seniors
Because illness can develop quickly in seniors, it’s important for them to see us every 6 months (semiannually). Animals naturally conceal pain and illness and may not always show obvious signs of distress. A disease or injury can progress unnoticed and become too severe to treat properly.
Routine exams and tests provide a comprehensive health profile for your pet and make it easier for us to detect and treat any problems we find. All Kinds Veterinary Hospital offers a variety of diagnostics to screen senior pets for hidden issues. In addition to our in-house testing lab, we also offer digital X-ray, dental X-ray, endoscopy, and laparoscopy. We can use some of our tools as an alternative to invasive surgery, meaning less trauma and stress for your pet.
Keep Your Pet Feeling Young
You can help to reduce the effects of aging in your pet by keeping them active, mentally stimulated, and on a balanced diet. Senior pets do not require rigorous exercise to stay in shape, but daily walks or play sessions are important. Consistent, daily interactions and activity can make a huge difference—and it’s fun for your pet!
To consult with us about senior pet care, please call (301) 994-9919 to request an appointment!