Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly 7 times the rate humans do. As our cats and dogs get older, they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines, and are prone to a variety of diseases.
It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; the ASPCA recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pets and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Bothell Pet Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Information about feeding and exercise changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pets comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Bothell Pet Hospital can help your senior pet!