Did you know that pets age faster than people and are characterized as ‘seniors’ by 7 years of age (even younger in Giant Breed dogs)? Just like our health needs change as we age, our pets needs are changing in similar, but faster, fashion. Not only do their activity and exercise habits change, but also their nutritional needs and sometimes their medical needs. Age is NOT a disease (but is often accompanied by disease)!
How can you tell the difference between ‘normal aging’ and a true medical/physical issue?Easy! Talk to the doctors at Pendleton Veterinary Clinic about what you can/cannot expect as your pet ages. You can also talk to them about Senior Wellness diagnostics including bloodwork and urinalysis, etc. to screen for underlying disease processes. As with people, many disease processes in our pets start with very subtle, or no outward, signs and often go unnoticed until it is very progressed. Our Senior Wellness Profile allows us to catch these diseases much earlier so that we can work to slow/reverse them.
Also of critical importance, is your senior pets’ routine wellness exams. Veterinarians are often able to detect many changes and conditions through a thorough physical examination. These should be done annually throughout your pets’ whole life, and often semi-annually for our senior pets.
Does your pet already have a chronic medical issue? Are the currently on therapy/medication for that issue? It is still recommended to follow up with your veterinarian for routine wellness exams, as sometimes there are changes to treatment recommendations as these conditions progress or your pets lifestyle changes.
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care, and Pendleton Veterinary Clinic is here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years".