Our priority in caring for the senior pet is improving their quality of life and maximising the time you have together. Like us, as our pets age, they may develop issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Reduced Kidney & liver function
- High blood pressure
- Dental disease
- Digestive issues
- Reduced cognitive abilities & disorders
While breed, hereditary traits and excess weight can effect the development of geriatric issues simple changes at home, such as getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight will help maintain mobility and delay the onset of many geriatric problems. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) also encourages early detection and treatment to give pets the best chance of avoiding illness and living longer, happier lives.
This is why we recommend an annual wellness check, including blood and urine screening in both dogs and cats from the age of 6 years. Regular blood testing can identify conditions that a physical exam cannot, allowing earlier intervention. This allows us to detect disease in apparently healthy animals before obvious signs appear, making treatment more effective and affordable, and providing better outcomes.