November is Senior Pet Month. Did you know small dogs and cats are considered “seniors” around 7 years old? And for large dogs, they’re considered “seniors” around 6? Help your pet age gracefully by providing thorough preventative care throughout their lives.
Early detection exams
Yearly exams for pets of all ages provide early detection for any disease or illness that may inflict your pet. These exams can help keep your pet healthier and prevent illnesses from becoming fatal. As your pet ages, you may want to consider biannual early detection exams to keep them healthy.
Watch their Weight
Pets are prone to slow down as they age so it’s important to make sure they maintain a healthy diet and keep extra weight off. Obesity in pets, particularly in senior pets, can lead to arthritis, diabetes, and certain types of cancers among other illnesses and will overall decrease the quality of life for your pet.
Keep an eye out for changes
Changes in behavior, appetite, and physical activity are common in older age. But, to ensure they are not signs of something more serious, talk to our veterinarians when you notice these changes.
Focus on oral and dental health
Dental and oral health are related to the overall health of your pet. Improving their dental health can improve the quality of their lives. There is even evidence to suggest that oral care can extend the life of a pet. Talk to our veterinarians about the status of your pet’s dental health. As they age, it is likely that they will need a dentistry procedure to improve their overall health.