Senior Pets & The Possibility of Disease

Senior Pets Can Develop Many of The Same Problems Seen In Older People Such As...

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney/urinary tract disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Joint or bone disease
  • Senility
  • Weakness

Senior pets should see us semi-annually for checkups instead of annual visits so signs of illness or other problems can be detected early and treated. Senior pet exams are similar to those for younger pets, but are more in depth, and may include dental care, possible blood work, and specific checks for physical signs of diseases that are more likely in older pets.  Also, your pet's vaccination needs may change with age. 

Common Warning Signs of Disease in Older Pets

Kidney Disease

  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Decreased or no urination
  • Poor hair coat
  • Vomiting
  • Sore mouth

 Urinary Tract Disease

  • Increased urination/spotting or "accidents" in the house
  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Weakness 

Heart Disease

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decreased tolerance of exercise
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting