The Golden Years: How to Help Your Pet Age Gracefully
With veterinary advances and improved nutrition, cats and dogs are living longer lives. Although we get to enjoy more snuggles and companionship than ever before, their lifespans are still much shorter than our own. Pet ownership almost always involves navigating the inevitable aging process. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to help your pets maintain a high quality of life well into their golden years.
How Does Age Affect a Pet's Wellness and Preventative Care Needs?
Normally, healthy adult pets visit the veterinarian for a checkup once every year. Pets should have a checkup every six months once they’ve reached about age seven (give or take a year or two depending on species and size), which coincides with the start of “seniorhood”.
During a senior pet’s wellness exam, our veterinarian will take extra care to examine your pet and screen them for conditions and diseases that are more common with age, such as:
More frequent veterinary check-ups can help us detect early signs of these diseases and conditions in senior pets. Early diagnosis helps to ensure improved management and treatment options, before a problem causes considerable pain or discomfort or has a chance to progress to an advanced stage.
Your pet’s wellness exam will include a complete physical examination in addition to routine diagnostic testing. Diagnostic tests that help us detect health problems in senior pets include blood tests, urinalyses, and x-rays or ultrasound. Our veterinarian will also provide you with recommendations for modifying your pet’s diet, exercise, and environment for optimal health.
Does My Senior Pet Need to See a Veterinarian?
We recommend scheduling an appointment for your pet, if you notice any unexplained changes in your pet’s behavior or appearance, such as:
At-Home Veterinary Care and Diagnostic Testing for Senior Pets in Carlsbad, CA
When your pet enters the golden years, help them enjoy the highest quality of life and the best health possible. With Signature Veterinary Services, your pet can receive veterinary care in or at the comfort of your own home. There’s no reason to put unnecessary stress on an aging pet with frequent trips to the veterinary clinic when we can bring our services right to your doorstep. To schedule an appointment for your aging pet, contact us today.