Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly seven times the rate humans do. As your cat or dog gets older they may require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases and behavioral changes.
Common Age-Related Diseases:
- Kidney and liver disease
- Joint and bone disease
- Cognitive difficulties
- Skin tumors
It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the AVMA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Bramer Animal Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for these changes in your pet. Information about age-related changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Bramer Animal Hospital can help your senior pet!