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  • Caring for Senior Dogs

    Just like with humans, as dogs age they find it harder to cope with the physical demands of their environment and become susceptible to an array of health issues. As a dog owner, you should be aware of proper senior canine care.

    When is a dog a senior? A general guideline is that large and giant breeds can be considered seniors at 6 years, medium breeds at 7 years, and small breeds at 8 years.

    There are many issues that affect senior dogs, which is why regular checkups are important. Some of the common health problems include:

    • Arthritis
    • Cancer
    • Prostate Disease
    • Cognitive Disorders
    • Intestinal Problems
    • Deafness
    • Dental Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Vision Problems

    Senior Wellness Exams allow us to establish a baseline in your senior dog's health, and to notice any potentially negative changes in your pet's body chemistry. Without this baseline, it becomes increasingly difficult to detect developing problems as your dog ages.

    During a Senior Wellness Exam, a veterinarian will examine your dog's body and overall health. We will also perform a variety of essential diagnostic tests that are crucial to detecting health problems. Additional tests may be required depending on what the veterinarian sees during the examination.

    Part of caring for your senior dog is monitoring their health and behaviors. Make sure to note any changes you see or feel in your pet's body.
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