Why Your Senior Pet Needs to See the Vet
Waiting one year between wellness exams and screenings isn’t usually a big deal for humans. We age relatively slowly, so it often takes a while for diseases and ailments to set in and present themselves.
Animals age rather rapidly, though, so a year is a long time when it comes to the health of your pet. Once pets reach adulthood, one dog or cat year is just about equal to four human years. Plus, there’s a bit of a communication barrier between us and our pets; since they can’t tell us what’s bothering them directly, we often don’t even realize when they are in pain.
This is why early disease detection is so important, especially as your pet gets older. Most cats and dogs are considered seniors when they reach age 7, and many diseases are more likely to affect your pet once they reach senior status.
Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs veterinarians recommend that your pet receives exams twice every year, especially once they are considered seniors. Regular exams allow us to update your pet’s preventative care and keep a closer eye on how your pet is aging. They also often allow us to detect health issues that are more common in older pets, like diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease, well before they burden your pet with uncomfortable symptoms.