Dogs, like humans require more frequent check-ups to detect early warning signs of illness as they grow older. Remember that animals age at a rate of 7 – 9 times that of humans. Bi-annual preventative care becomes even more important to prevent or delay the types of diseases that older dogs are more prone to.
We offer senior programs tailor made for the specific needs of older pets, which include a complete blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest special formulated food for your senior pet, who’s changing nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet.
Play and exercise is one of the best ways to keep your elder pet active, which will help slow down the deterioration of the senses associated with the aging process.
Please be watchful for any of the following warning signs, as provided by the American Animal Hospital Association. They indicate a need for a diagnostic exam by a veterinarian as soon as possible:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Significant decrease or increase in appetite or refusal to eat for more than two days
- Noticeable decrease in vision
- Excessive panting
- Hair loss, especially is accompanied by scratching in local area
- Seizures or convulsing
- Increasing inactivity
- Increased time sleeping