Just like humans, pets need a little extra tender loving care in their twilight years as they slow down. Larger breeds of dogs are considered seniors by the age of seven, and cats become seniors around the age of nine. Generally, it is accepted that by the time they reach the double digits: both dogs and cats are considered geriatric.
Ensuring your pet stays healthy and active for years to come requires preventative care. After a certain age, your pet may need more frequent wellness exams than the annual schedule that worked for them in their “middle-aged” years.
Senior pets should be routinely given a physical examination in addition to a few tests. The recommended routine tests for senior pets include:
These tests should catch any conditions before they become more serious. As your pet ages, their immune system becomes weaker, and their energy levels decrease. This makes them more vulnerable to chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and blindness. And their decreased energy levels may make it more difficult to discern if they are feeling under the weather.
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