Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ens ...View Article
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Posted on 09-09-2016
At Chatham Animal Clinic, we know your pet is a beloved member of the household who's health and comfort is a priority throughout all stages of life. That's why our dedicated veterinarian staff recommends an annual senior pet exam for every older cat or dog whom you've come to love like family.
An annual senior pet exam is extremely important when it comes to maintaining and maximizing your pet's health, wellness, and longevity. Here are the top reasons why:
The needs of your animal companion changes with age. Senior dogs and cats are also more at risk for certain health conditions, including loss of muscle mass, poor hearing, arthritis, cancer, and skin problems.
Many of the most common health conditions afflicting senior pets are preventable through proactive veterinary medicine.
Early detection of and intervention for a health problem in your senior cat or dog can significantly minimize treatment costs and improve overall outcome.
Our Cary veterinarian team provides comprehensive senior pet wellness services in a calm and friendly environment. When you bring your older cat or dog in for an exam, you can expect us to assess several major areas of your animal's health, including:
Food and digestion
Muscle strength and mass
Heart and lung function
Joint and bone health
Certain factors may determine how often your senior animal should be evaluated by a veterinarian, including your pet's age, breed, and overall health. Our veterinarian in Cary can discuss these factors with you, along with providing recommendations for any diagnostic tests and/or interventions that your animal may need, including:
Urine, blood, and hormone testing
Senior pet dentistry
Eye, heart, and lung exam
Lifestyle and nutritional counseling
At Chatham Animal Clinic, we believe in healthy happy animals at every stage of life! To learn more about our services or to schedule a senior pet exam with our Cary veterinarian team, call us today!
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