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By the time your dog or cat is seven years old, he is already middle-aged. The senior years start around age 10. Just like people, pets at this life stage may start showing early indications of declining health. They are also at higher risk of developing specific diseases based on their age alone. At Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic, we recommend bi-annual preventive care exams so we can detect and treat potential problems as early as possible.
We tend to diagnose these problems more often in middle-aged and senior dogs and cats than we do in younger ones:
Preventive Care Improves Your Older Pet’s Quality of Life
Bringing your older pet in for a check-up every six months is one of the most loving things you can do as a pet owner. Without these appointments, your pet could suffer needlessly for months or years because you didn’t know anything was wrong. Some pet owners assume they would recognize a problem but that isn’t always the case. That is because dogs and cats are experts at hiding when they don’t feel well. It goes back to their primal instinct of not appearing weak to predators.
You don’t have to wait until your pet’s next senior wellness visit if she is struggling now. Just schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation and one of our veterinarians will diagnose the problem. We will then discuss all possible treatment options for your pet’s comfort and well-being.