Older pets (8 years and older) should be checked by their veterinarian at least twice a year. Dogs and cats age faster than we do, so their health problems progress faster too. Because of the higher risk for illness and disease, older pets need more extensive exams. Senior pets should receive the following each year:
To keep your long-time companion healthier and happier, keep them fit and well fed. Good nutrition and regular exercise have health benefits for pets as well as people. Be aware that different pets age at different rates. Large breeds of dogs trypically age faster than smaller dogs, and may need more medical attention earlier in life. Many diseases affecting older pets are preventable or are easily managed if detected early. In order to catch these disease, have your pets seen regularly.
Be especially aware of the signs of failing health. See your doctor immediately if you notice:
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