Did you know that by age seven, most pets are already considered to have reached their senior years? Your pet may begin to experience signs of aging sooner or later depending on their size, breed, and current health condition. If you have a senioret, it is important to be watchful of changes that may occur in your cat or dog. As your pet ages, there are a variety of illnesses they can face including osteoarthritis, kidney, heart and liver disease and hormone disorders such as diabetes. Early intervention means your pet will be more comfortable and healthier as he or she ages—gracefully!
Changes You May See In Your Senior Pet:
As your dog or cat matures, you will see changes in your pet’s physical appearance or notice behavior changes. Your pet may begin to “slow down” or respond less quickly to stimuli around them. There are, however, signs that you should be aware of that could indicate a problem. Please call us right away if you notice any of the following signs in your pet:
Regular senior pet wellness exams are more important than ever. Senior care starts with regular, comprehensive, exams. At Ark Animal Hospital, senior wellness exams include:
In addition to the care we provide for your pet at our hospital, there are measures you can take at home to keep them healthy and free of age-related health conditions. A balanced diet and regular play and exercise are an important step in keeping your pet happy and healthy. This will help your pet maintain their ideal weight and prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.
We are here to help you and your family pet through every life stage. Please contact us today to schedule a senior wellness exam for your pet and to discuss any questions you may have about your mature pet.