Cats and dogs age seven times faster that we do. When your pet turns seven years old in animal years that’s nudging fifty. An important milestone indeed.
The seven year milestone is the time when vets recommend you bring in your pets for us to make sure everything is as it should be.
All it takes is a simple blood and urine test and a general health check. From that we can pick up any early warning signs and help to prevent the onset or progression of disease.
With advancing years there is a greater risk of cancer, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, dental problems, arthritis and other serious conditions.
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It is very important that your senior pet receives these scheduled health checks every six months, which is equivalent to us visiting the doctor only every 3.5 years.
Conditions that are more common in old age include:
- Skin lumps
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease
Of course your senior pet also needs the general preventative health care such as vaccinations, heartworm prevention, gastrointestinal worming and flea and tick control.
Early detection of health issues results in far better outcomes for you and your pet. They need more TLC when they are older, just like us.
Call Veterinary Happiness on 3206 7911 to make an appointment for your best friend.