It is important to remember that dogs and cats age much faster than people, with most cats and small dogs considered senior at age seven, and large dogs at age six. When your pet reaches his or her senior years, it is more important than ever to prioritize check-ups with your veterinarian so that diseases such as these can be detected in their early stages. Senior pets are affected by many of the same illnesses as older humans, including heart disease, liver disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. The earlier a condition is diagnosed, the more successful treatment will be.
We may also recommend changes in nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Older pets may need special diets, more time inside, or modified living accommodations. Our veterinarians will be happy to educate you on how to best care for you older pet.