[Article credit: http://www.ccanimalclinic.com, (Cherished Companions Animal Clinic, Castle Rock, CO.)]
Many people don’t realize that their pet is a “senior pet” and, as such, should receive regular senior wellness visits. These visits can help pets stay healthier and improve their quality of life as they age. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, less than 15% of people get senior checkups for their pets. Are you one of these few?
|1. B.||Sort of. Sudden changes in weight or energy level could indicate a medical problem. But even if the change is gradual, there may be treatments that can help your pet feel better as he or she ages.|
|2. A.||Medical problems can happen at any age, so all pets benefit from routine wellness exams—even seniors that appear to be perfectly healthy.|
|3. D.||Signs of illness can be subtle, so call us if you notice any of these.|
|4. Gotcha! It’s all of the above. If your senior pet is in good overall health, any of these activities could be appropriate. A wellness visit is a great opportunity to assess your pet’s health and discuss which exercises might benefit him or her most. If you haven’t talked to us about safe exercises for your senior pet, do it today!|
|As pets age, their bodies become less able to cope with physical and environmental stress. Since pets are very good at hiding signs of illness, health problems may seem to appear suddenly when, in fact, they have been gradually worsening over a period of months—or even years.
Just as with people, it’s important for pets to see their doctors more often as they age. A thorough senior wellness exam is designed to recognize and control known health risks for older pets and to detect signs of disease as early as possible, when there may be more options for treatment or control.
Call your vet to schedule a wellness appointment that can help your pets live the longest and healthiest lives’ possible.
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