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Posted on 02-18-2013
Cats are generally considered to be seniors between the age of 10 years or later, as are smaller dogs. Some large dogs may need senior care starting at age eight or nine. As a pet owner, you may notice physical symptoms that suggest the need for senior care. These symptoms include a general “slowing down” in physical activity and a decline in taste, smell, sight or hearing. What you cannot notice, however, is that important physical changes are also happening inside your pet. This is why regular vet visits are so important; a semi-annual checkup helps our team stay on top of your pet’s health before illness strikes.
Our Canton veterinarian will perform a full physical and conduct diagnostic blood work. This blood work helps us screen for potential illnesses or health problems before outward symptoms are present. For example, blood chemistry panel results can help diagnose problems a kidney infection, problems with the gall bladder or pancreas, as well as liver disease.
Depending on your pet’s wellness needs, dietary changes, including the addition of dietary supplements, may be necessary. It is important that you do not overfeed your pet. A few extra pounds on your pet can be the equivalent to an extra 10 to 20 pounds on a human. If your pet is less active than he once was, our veterinarian can make dietary recommendations that reflect this change in activity level.
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