As your pet ages, their health care needs change. Animals age more rapidly than humans and
the age at which a pet is considered to be a “senior” varies on their breed and species. Our staff
considers large-breed dogs to be seniors when they turn 6, while small or toy breeds are
considered seniors at 9 years of age. Cats are considered seniors once they turn 9.
Thanks to medical advances in oral hygiene, surgical techniques, and nutrition, pets are living
much longer and healthier lives. But like their human owners, senior pets are at risk of
developing diseases, such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer. Our senior
wellness program can help identify any health problems in the early stages so preventive health
care measures can be implemented.
Evaluating your pet’s organ function is the only way to assess if your pet is experiencing subtle
problems that are not obvious to you or your vet. We recommend a bi-yearly thorough physical
exam and laboratory diagnostics as recommended by your veterinarian. These diagnostics may
include blood chemistry profiles, complete blood count, thyroid test, and urinalysis.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
We recommend testing if your cat or dog is exhibiting ANY of the following symptoms:
Weight loss or weight gain
Increased thirst or urination / larger litter clumps