Adult and Senior Care
At AMs we recommend a veterinary check at least once a year for dogs and cats under 7 years old and at least twice a year after the age of 7. For large breed dogs twice yearly checks are commenced from 5 years of age.
Remember a once per year veterinary check-up is equivalent to you visiting your doctor only once every 7 years!
An exam performed by a qualified veterinarian who is trained to detect and treat age-related diseases is essential.
They have the tools and skills to be able to help your pet with conditions and issues that you may not even be aware of.
Your veterinary health team can answer questions about caring for your adult & senior pet, and advise you on appropriate diet and exercise routines.
Your adult & senior pet could be hiding something. Specifically, yours could be hiding an illness right now and you’d never even know it.
This is a vital reason why veterinary visits for pets should never be overlooked.
Wellness Visits are the best way to prevent any major health issues, and to help aid in your pets longevity.
Here are other reasons why frequent veterinary visits are so important :
- Pet owners may fail to notice subtle changes in their pets and the importance of recognizing them.
- Health changes can occur quickly in senior pets.
- Several medical conditions start to develop in pets once they reach middle age.
- Pets, especially in their senior years, are prone to underlying conditions while appearing fine physically.
- Early detection of conditions typically results in easier management, improved quality of life and less veterinary costs.
- Frequency of behaviour problems in pets increases with age.
Below is a list of signs to look for in adult & senior pets.
You can complete this checklist prior to your wellness visit to assist your veterinarian with their examination:
- Weight changes (either gaining or losing too much weight)
- Decreased sense of smell and hearing
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of ability to exercise
- Less agility and stiffness when rising
- Digestion difficulties – vomiting, poor appetite or trouble eating
- Brittle nails
- Grooming difficulties in hard-to-reach areas
- Loose skin/Loss of muscle mass
- Behaviour changes, such as increased accidents outside the litter box, irritability, decreased human interaction, confusion and less playfulness
- Fluctuating sleep patterns
- Reduced digestive function, diarrhoea or constipation
- Breathing problems or coughing
- Changes in thirst, increased & decreased
- Coat changes such as loss of hair, skin colour changes, dandruff
- Lumps or bumps that may have developed or grown