Did you know your pets’ senior years start at age seven?
Just like people, your cat’s or dog’s health will change as it ages. And because p...ets age faster than people, major health changes can happen quickly.
Your Pets Are as young as they feel
You may not know this, but by around 7 years of age, our pets are at a point in their lives that’s equivalent to a 50 year old person. This means that regular check-ups for senior pets are critical! 20% of laboratory tests done with routine checkups and vaccinations reveal medical conditions that otherwise would have gone undetected, such as diabetes, cancer, and kidney or thyroid disease.
A Senior Wellness Workup consists of:
Annual Exam-These exams are the best defense in catching and delaying the onset or progress of diseases and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis.
Labwork (Chemistry, CBC, Thyroid, Urinalysis)-You should think ahead and have basic lab tests done when your dog is young and in good health. This gives us a baseline of your dog's normal levels to help check for abnormalities as he or she ages Subtle changes in new tests can help detect the presence of a disease in its early stages and may allow you to stop it, or at the least begin aggressive treatment to control it.
Radiographs (Xrays)-Radiographs are another way for us to further evaluate your senior pet’s health. Chest x-rays let us look for heart disease, lung disease, and some cancers. Abdominal x-rays let us look at the organs in the abdominal cavity including the liver, kidneys, intestines, and bladder. X-rays also let us look for arthritis.
Blood Pressure-Certain diseases are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) including kidney disease, cardiac disease, Cushing’s disease, and hyperthyroidism. Hypertension can cause sudden blindness, retinal detachment, and other symptoms.
Pay Attention to The Signs of Aging
Pets exhibit many of the same physical signs of aging as people do, including gray hair, dry skin, cataracts, lameness or stiffness. Some pets will begin vocalizing more if they are in pain or are disoriented due to failing senses. Others may start altering their eating habits or need to go out more frequently. It’s important to take note of small changes and discuss them with us before they have a chance to turn into big worries for you and your family.
As your pet gets older, being aware of his or her general health can help you monitor for early signs of any problems. As pets age, their organ functioning changes, their immune systems become weaker, and they are more prone to developing certain diseases or conditions, including:
Arthritis, cancer, brain disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, dental disease, diabetes, or heart disease.
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