Good news! Pets are living longer than ever. Better veterinary care and adequate nutrition are truly making a difference for senior pets. However, older animals may always have their own unique challenges. Like their human counterparts, in the onset of old age, pets may struggle with weight gain, various mobility problems, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and other potential ailments. Good care for your senior pets started with regular examinations so that problems can be detected before they develop into something more serious.
Typically, we suggest bringing your pet in twice a year. Keep in mind that pets age exponentially faster than we do, and to their bodies, the six months in between visits is a very long time. The increase in visits is crucial to the detection of health issues that your pet may be developing.
In many cases, diet and lifestyle are the most important medicine. However, in the cases when your senior pet needs a boost, there are many medications to assist with longer, better living. Great Neck Veterinary Clinic’s doctors and staff will collaborate with you to design a healthy strategy in order to maintain the vitality and health of your pet during his or her senior years.
The life span of individual animals widely varies and is sometimes breed specific. For example, small dogs might not be considered “elderly” until around 10–13 year of age, while there are large dog breeds that are deemed seniors as young as 5 years of age. At Great Neck Veterinary Clinic, we’d like to help you learn the individual health indications so that you can make the later years of your pet’s life as healthy and happy as the first.