Senior citizenship begins at different ages for different breeds and sizes. In dogs, typically the senior years can begin around 5 or 6 years of age for large breeds and 8 or 9 years for small breeds. For cats, it begins around 8 years old.
It is important to be mindful of your pets advancing age because significant health changes can take place very quickly, sometimes in as few as 3 – 6 months. We recommend bi-annual Senior Checks for our patients so that we can help you stay ahead of any potential health issues. During the appointment, the veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical exam, noting any changes to eyes, ears, mouth, and body condition. He will also run a comprehensive blood panel to test for any abnormalities in the kidney, liver, & pancreatic enzyme levels and a Complete Blood Count which monitors white blood cell, red blood cell, & platelet counts.
Today’s pets enjoy longer lives than in years past. It is this office’s goal to help your pet live to the fullest and performing these diagnostic tests every year helps the veterinarian detect problems before visible symptoms are present.
Click below for a Pet Health Video about Geriatric Wellness