Senior Wellness

It happens to all of us eventually.  The energy we used to have just isn't there anymore, our bones ache when we get up in the morning, we don't recall the stairway being quite so long, we seem to have to use the restroom more often, we can't eat the same foods we used to without suffering for it later, and we often forget why we walked into the other room.  Our pets go through the same things when they get older, but unfortunately for them, the aging process often occurs more rapidly.  Your middle-aged pet can turn into a senior citizen in as short a time as 6 months.  If you think about it, on average, 1 calander year to a dog or cat can equal 7 years of aging to us.  Larger breeds like the Great Dane and Mastiff can be considered seniors at 4 to 6 years of age, while smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers may not be considered seniors until they are 8 to 10 years old.

Just as our doctor recommends for us, we recommend more frequent exams once a pet starts reaching it's senior years, usually once every 6 months.  Routine wellness blood work should be performed at least yearly in hopes to detect problems with the kidneys or liver and to check for diabetes and thyroid issues.  Early detection is key to helping your pet live a longer life should a problem be found.  Medications are available to help your pet with more common senior ailments such as joint pain or urinary incontinence.  Most senior pets require routine dental cleanings.  Most senior pets require a change in diet to either a formula specifically made for older pets that are easier to digest, lower in calories and higher in fiber or to a prescription diet if specific issues need to be addressed with internal organ function.

Both our pets and us can benefit from the advances in the medical field to live longer, more productive lives.

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