Pets age faster than people and major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. We consider our “senior patients” to be 6 years and older and recommend that they have preventative examinations twice per year. This gives us a chance to detect health problems as early as possible. Our pets are susceptible to some of the same ailments that we see humans facing around us, such as diabetes, dental disease, kidney and liver issues, intestinal disorders, cancer, etc.Most pets hide their pain or discomfort from us, so you can be your pet’s best advocate when it comes to new issues arising.
It is best to call your doctor if you see anything unusual or out of character for your dog or cat. Some common (but not limited to) warning signs to look out for:
-Limping or stiffness
-Vomiting and/or diarrhea
-Excessive drinking/ urination
-Loss of appetite
-Bad breath/plaque on teeth/bleeding gums