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What to Expect During Your Veterinary Visits as Your Pet Ages

As your pet ages, they will require specialized care and attention. Schedule regular visits to see your veterinarian to help your pet age with grace and dignity. Your veterinarian can guide you through keeping your senior pet comfortable, happy, and healthy.

More Frequent Veterinary Visits

When your pet is young and in the prime of their life, they probably only need to see the veterinarian once per year. As they get older, more frequent visits are necessary to monitor their health and wellness. Your veterinarian may recommend visits every six months after your pet reaches age 7. 

Common Problems in Senior Pets

As your pet ages, they become more prone to diseases such as heart, kidney, or liver disease, cancer, or arthritis. Senior pets often lose their sight or hearing as they age and may have issues with mobility.

Changes You May See in Your Pet as They Age

As your pet ages, their behavior or activity may change too. What was once a playful, hyperactive dog may now seem lazier. Non-fatal illnesses such as arthritis may affect your pet’s behavior as well. If your animal is sore from arthritis, they may be less mobile. They may also be more agitated or grouchy when touched. It is difficult to determine whether the changes in activity and behavior are due to the natural aging process or an underlying medical issue; that is why it is important to visit your veterinarian regularly to maintain your pet’s health and look out for emerging health risks.

Caring For Your Senior Pet

Patience is essential with senior pets. They may become more stubborn with age or lose their hearing or eyesight, which can be frustrating. Keeping your furry companion on a balanced diet, ensuring regular exercise and regular veterinary visits is an excellent way to ensure they live as long as possible with optimal health.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local veterinarian for questions or concerns regarding your senior pet.

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