As much as we all wish our pets could stay cute, curious, and tiny forever, they will inevitably become seniors. With age comes health problems that can hamper your pet’s quality of living. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take you ensure your dog or cat comfortably enjoys his golden years.
Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic Cares For San Jose Senior Pets
Weight control and monitoring are top priorities. It is very easy for older dogs and cats to become overweight because they have a slower metabolism and need fewer calories. Extra weight puts strain on joints, increasing the risk of painful arthritis. Obesity can also cause serious metabolic problems such as diabetes. On the other end of the spectrum, weight loss without intentional dieting is also a concern that should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
Conditions that become more common as our pets get older include arthritis, hearing loss, vision loss, neurologic issues that can affect balance and strength, cancer/tumors, kidney or liver issues. In addition, there are numerous metabolic condition such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism in dogs, and hyperthyroidism in cats.
Routine veterinary exams are important for aging pets. Many abnormalities detected at home or in the clinic require additional diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, x-rays, and ultrasound. A central goal of annual exams is to detect problems early when they are more easily dealt with. Senior pets benefit from more frequent examinations.