Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly seven times the rate humans do. As dogs and cats get older, they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases. Sykesville Veterinary Clinic provides ongoing education to pet owners about how to prepare and care for older animals.
Common Age-Related Diseases:
• Kidney and liver disease
• Intestinal disorders
• Joint and bone disease
• Breast and testicular cancer
• Cognitive difficulties
Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasingly difficult with senior pets. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on. Sykesville Veterinary Clinic, along with the ASPCA, recommends that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Reach out to us with your concerns or schedule an appointment by calling (410) 549-7798. Discover the many ways we can help your senior pet have a better quality of life!