Regular preventative care is crucial for senior dogs to prevent or treat the diseases that older animals are more prone such as bone and joint problems, hormone disorders, cancer, and diseases of the kidney, heart, and liver. Animals age at a much faster rate compared to humans, so regular wellness visits are strongly recommended to make sure that your senior dog is as healthy as possible.
At Essex Animal Hospital, our veterinarians recommend that your senior dog comes in for their wellness exam at least every six months. Depending upon your dog’s age and health, we may also recommend additional testing, such as blood tests and urinalysis. The senior dog exam is also the perfect time for us to discuss any age-related changes your dog may be experiencing or any concerns you have about his or her health. We can help guide you in caring for your senior dog by providing advice on nutrition, exercise, mobility, and changes in your pet’s lifestyle.
Signs to Watch For in Your Senior Dog
The following warnings signs could indicate a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible:
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Significant decrease or increase in appetite
- Failure to eat for more than two days
- Decrease in vision
- Excessive panting
- Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching in a localized area
- Seizures or convulsing
Call us today to schedule your senior dog’s wellness exam with one of our veterinarians.