Senior Pet Wellness
All animals age differently, but giant and large breed dogs are typically considered senior at around age 5 to 6, small breed dogs are considered senior at about seven years old, and cats around 10-12 years old.
Mendon Animal Clinic recommends bi-annual exams for pets senior pets. Twice a year exams will help us identify problems earlier when the disease is more manageable, thereby extending their quality of life. Our older patients are more likely to suffer from arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, other hormone disorders, kidney disease, dental disease, cognitive decline, vision loss, hearing loss, and liver problems. In addition, their nutritional needs may change because they tend to gain weight, lose muscle mass, and have a decreased activity level.
One of the most crucial components of a senior exam is the blood test. These blood tests, known as “senior panels,” establish baseline levels and screen for many diseases. Other standard testing includes blood pressure measurement, X-rays, and abdominal ultrasound.