Time flies when you are having fun with your pet. Wasn’t it just yesterday that you first brought home your puppy or kitten? You remember your pet being curious about his surroundings, and going through the puppy or kitten “zoomies”. Now however, you notice your pet has begun to slow down.
Pets are considered geriatric after 8 to 12 years of age, depending on the size and breed of your pet. Small dogs and cats age more slowly and live longer than large dogs. As your pet ages it is important to have checkups every 6 months. Many conditions are more common as your pet gets older. As your pets age they are more prone to dental disease, heart conditions, and metabolic disturbances, such as kidney and liver disease. Cats frequently develop hyperthyroidism and both dogs and cats often become arthritic. Blood tests, urinalysis, blood pressure checks and sometimes radiographs (x-rays) are important to help detect problems early. Many of these conditions are either treatable or can be managed with proper diet and medication.
If your pet is slowing down or having difficulty moving, there are many things we can do to help maintain a better quality of life for both you and your pet. Please let us help you take care of your furry family members during their golden years.