Whether you have a dignified old dog with a graying muzzle or an exuberant senior who everyone assumes is a puppy or an 18 year old cat that still jumps on the counters, your older pet may require some extra TLC. Not only do dogs age faster than humans, but larger breeds age faster as well, so your dog might be considered a “senior” at just 6 or 7 years old! We are here to help you figure out if changes you see in your pet are a normal part of the aging process or possibly an issue that needs to be addressed. Even if you pet has never acted sick a day in their life, we can help screen your pet for diseases that can become more common as your pet gets older like heart disease, kidney disease and arthritis. As in humans, some health issues can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious.
Regular wellness visits are still important for senior pet’s and are a great opportunity for us to address any questions you have about changes in your pet. If they have been diagnosed with an illness we may recommend more frequent monitoring to make sure that we can make the best treatment recommendations as diseases progress. Sometimes medications need to be changed or added or dosages adjusted as a condition progresses. With advances in medical technology we have access to non-invasive diagnostics and treatments for all life stages that can extend the longevity and quality of life of your pet. We will do our best to help your pet age gracefully and comfortably and enjoy their golden years!