Both dogs and cats are considered to be seniors between the ages of 7 and 10 years-old. Though it can vary by size and the specific pet, a 7 to 10 year-old pet is roughly the equivalent of a 45 to 75 year-old human. Generally, smaller breed dogs live longer than larger breeds, and cats, on average, live longer than dogs.

Senior Dog Laying DownAs pets reach their golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face: weight and mobility changes, osteoarthritis, kidney, heart, and liver disease, tumors and cancers, hormone disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance, and many others.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps to be taken by pet owners to keep their aging pets in the best shape possible. Senior care is needed to catch and delay the onset of any progressive diseases and to detect problems early, such as organ failure, diabetes, thyroid imbalances, etc. During the health exam, your veterinarian will ask you questions regarding and changes in behavior, activity, appetite, and routines. A complete examination of your pet’s body will also be conducted.

Lab work and a urinalysis will be highly recommended. Veterinarians depend on laboratory results to help understand the status of your pet’s health. When your pet is healthy, the lab results provide a means to determine your pet’s “baseline” values. When your pet is sick, your veterinarian can compare the baseline results to the current results to find any abnormalities. Subtle changes in your pet’s lab values may signal the presence of an underlying disease. Early detection is key!

To schedule your pet's exam, call us at 207-657-3393 today.