Senior pets may require extra care and attention as their bodies and immune systems begin to slow down. For smaller dogs, senior age is recognized around nine years old. For larger dogs, senior age can begin as early as seven years old. By the time a pet reaches the age of ten, they are considered to be officially seniors!
Just like puppies and kittens, it is important for your senior pet to receive extra veterinary attention. This will allow us to monitor health trends and prevent chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. Attending regular semi-annual senior check-ups allows your veterinarian to look out for any signs of disease and assess early treatment options.
Common tests your veterinarian recommends for senior pets include:
It is important to note that as pets age, it is normal for them to gradually slow down. However, if you notice a sudden change in your pet’s behavior, please let us know right away.