Helping Your Furry Friends Enjoy Their Golden Years

It's a common fact: pets age faster than humans. Most pet owners aren't aware that some of the same mental and physical ailments affecting aging humans also affect aging pets. Pets are considered to be seniors when they reach seven years of age. This varies with the species and breed. In general cats live longer than dogs and small dogs outlive their bigger ccompanions.

Older pets experience various physical changes such as loss of organ reserve, flexibility, muscle and nerve cells; an increase in body fat and cholesterol; and a decrease in the immune system. As a result, your pet is more prone to diseases of the kidneys, liver, and heart as well as diabetes, arthritis and cancer. However, many of these diseases can be successfully treated if detected early. To ensure a longer life for your pet, we recommend a yearly health exam, along with routine blood work, urinalysis and chest x-ray.

Proper nutrition is essential to good health, especially in older pets. One of the biggest health threats to aging pets is obesity, which is the result of overfeeding and decreased physical activity. Today, pet food companies recognize the needs of aging pets and many offer formulated diets specifically designed to meet their special needs. Upon completion of your pet's wellness exam, your veterinarian will recommend which diet is best for his or her optimal health.

Let us help you repay your pet for the many years of unconditional love that he or she has given you. Schedule a wellness examination for your senior pet today.