Due to advancements in veterinary medicine and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. It is important to talk to your veterinarian about how to care for your older pet and be prepared for possible age-related health issues.
Senior pets require increased attention — including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and, in some cases, alterations to their home environment.
Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney/urinary tract disease
- Liver disease
- Joint or bone disease
- Thyroid problems
Not sure if your pet has reached its senior years?
Typically, a pet is considered a senior when they reach age 7, although every pet is different depending on species, size and breed. A small dog has a longer life expectancy than a large dog, for example, while cats typically age at the same pace as a small to medium dog.
One thing we know for sure is that your pet ages much faster than you and regular veterinary care is important for your older pet to help keep them healthy throughout their golden years.
Call Bay View Veterinary Clinic at 262-363-9993 today to set up a senior pet wellness screening for your cat or dog.