It is well known that pets age faster than humans yet always seems to be a surprise to calculate their age. Because pets age much faster than humans it is important to be more attentive to a senior pets needs. Giant breed dogs are considered senior as young as 5 years of age. Cats and small breed dogs are considered senior at 9 years of age.
Signs of disease can appear very quickly in a senior pet, unfortunately sometimes after the time for the most effective veterinary intervention. Having regular veterinary exams are key to the early detection of disease and successful management of your pet’s health. In addition to more frequent veterinary exams other testing is often recommended.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that dogs and cats at middle age undergo laboratory tests at least annually. During the senior years, laboratory tests and an exam are recommended every six months for healthy dogs and cats. These laboratory tests include a complete blood count, a biochemistry panel, and urinalysis.
Please call Park Pet Hospital at 403-328-0028 to discuss senior exam and laboratory testing for your pet.