The longer our pets live with us, the more we love them. The bonds with our senior pets run especially deep. We want to provide the best care we can, without feeling that we are putting them through unnecessary stress or procedures.
Luckily your veterinarian has the ability to provide many diagnostic procedures which are minimally or completely non-invasive. Regularly scheduled examinations can provide your veterinarian with the opportunity to detect diseases early, before clinical signs become evident. The early diagnosis of some common aging problems can greatly improve our older pet’s life span, and more importantly the quality of their lives as they age. Drawing a small amount of blood is a simple procedure for most dogs and cats and can provide important information about our older pet’s health. Lumps and bumps may appear on our pets that can be tested to be sure that they are not cancer. Urine tests, radiographs and ultrasounds are other non-invasive tests that are readily available.
Dental care is important throughout our pet's life, but even more so when our pets are older. Neglected dental disease can cause oral pain and can cause damage to other body organs. In recent years diets made specifically for senior pets have been developed to address the changing nutritional requirements associated with aging. Newer medications to treat arthritis have greatly improved the lives of many senior dogs as well as cats.
Senior pets are special and with improved care and nutrition, we can keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible.