At six years of age your pet is considered a senior. At this age your veterinarian recommends more frequent exams, as well as regular diagnostic testing, to ensure that your pet is healthy, happy and comfortable as he ages. Although the diagnostic testing may be within normal limits when first checked, this baseline will allow the doctor to compare future tests with this baseline and detect small differences that could be indicative of the beginning of disease. Routine diagnostics can catch a health concern before it becomes a problem, and it may be treatable if caught early enough.
As your pet ages, we recommend visits increase to every six months. This increase in visits to your pet’s doctor allows you to discuss any changes, minor or severe, with your veterinarian. Changes in diet, exercise, mobility and body functions should all be brought to your veterinarian’s attention. Subtle changes in behavior are sometimes blamed on old age, but this is not always the case, and it may indicate the beginnings of changes in health that are easily managed.
Health concerns for your Senior Pet can be discussed by our doctors and staff at your next routine diagnostic visit.