Regular preventative care is even more important for senior animals to prevent or delay the diseases that older animals are more prone to including diseases of the kidney, heart, and liver; cancers; osteoarthritis; and hormone disorders. Remember that animals age at a rate of five to seven times that of humans, so frequent wellness visits are strongly recommended to make sure that all of your pet’s healthcare needs are being met.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the following warnings signs could indicate a problem that should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
At Brookdale Animal Hospital, we offer programs that are tailored specifically for the needs of senior dogs and cats, which include a complete blood count, urinalysis, blood-chemistry panel, and parasite evaluation. Our veterinarians can also suggest a specially formulated food for your pet, whose new nutritional needs will benefit from an adjusted diet. Keeping your pet active is also helpful in slowing the deterioration of senses associated with the aging process.