As we get older, we face obstacles that we need to address. As we age we listen to our doctor and get regular checkups. The same goes for your pet. The only difference is our pets age at much quicker pace than we humans do, so it is pertinent that they receive appropriate preventative care, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.
When your pet reaches 7 years or older, they should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. Regular exams can give you piece-of-mind knowing your pet is healthy. They can also provide early detection of serious illness or infections. Dogs and cats can experience the same dangers aging humans face, such as cancer, diabetes, kidney complications, liver and intestinal disorders, arthritis, dental disease and vision impairment.
Remember, the older your pet gets the more you should be aware of signs of illness. Don't wait until its too late. The best time to consider help from a veterinarian is during the first signs of trouble.
Here are some of thewarning signs to watch out for:
- Behavioral changes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Skin lumps, growths or irritation
- Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
- Ear odors, ear redness, or scratching at the ears
Call us today to talk to a specialist and get your pet the care it deserves. 209-473-8387