Many Changes occur as your pet gets older. They sleep more and exercise less which leads to decrease muscle mass and increase stress on their joints. Also they may gain weight. Dental tartar and periodontal disease become more likely with time. Cysts, warts, and other tumors develop more frequently. Even the major organs, such as the kidneys and the heart, show signs of aging.
There are options available to help prevent or slow the progression of these changes. Senior bloodwork evaluates liver, kidney, blood sugar, anemia, thyroid, and many other values. We recommend this yearly for senior patients. Comprehensive physical examination every 6 months is also recommended to evaluate changes in growths, dental disease, and auscultate the heart for its rate, rhythm and murmurs. Earlier detection of health issues will allow for prompt treatment and help your pet live longer, healthier, and happier.