While it can vary based on species, size, and breed, generally speaking, any pet over the age of seven is considered a senior. Just like people, the needs of senior pets change as they get older and because they age much more quickly than we do, the disease progresses faster as well. Our job is to prevent, detect, and slow them down. Marina Animal Clinic can also provide you with education and information about what to expect from, and how to properly care for aging pets.
Common age-related disorders include:
- Kidney and liver disease
- Thyroid disease
- Intestinal disorders
- Joint and bone disease
- Breast and testicular cancer
- Cognitive difficulties
Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Behavioral changes such as sudden loss of urination and bowel control, not getting up to greet you, or sudden aggression may also indicate an underlying medical issue. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on. Marina Animal Clinic, along with the ASPCA and the AVMA, recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally.
If you have any questions regarding your pets age-related health issues, please ask one of our veterinarians or staff members today.