With age, it becomes more important to pay attention to your health and take the steps necessary to ensure you are living the most healthy lifestyle possible. This is something most all humans are aware of, but what many don’t realize is that declining health should also be a concern for pet owners with aging pets. Pets are considered to be “seniors” when they’ve reached half of their life expectancy, although, this number can range from 8-15 years, depending on your dog’s breed. Domesticated cats have a life expectancy of about 15 years, making them of “senior” status at about 8-9 years of age, which, for them, is the equivalent to a 50 year old human.
Dr. Haddad of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic warns that pet owners shouldn’t just jump to the assumption that because their dog is considered to be a senior that they are slowing down due to their age. It is always possible that there are other underlying issues that should be determined by a veterinarian.
With that in mind, Dr. Haddad also states that Osteoarthritis and Thyroid issues are among some of the most common health issues in senior dogs, while kidney and thyroid issues are most common in senior cats.
Dr. Haddad encourages pet owners with senior aged pets to schedule routine bloodwork and healthy screening appointments with their veterinarians. He says that these appointments are key to keeping all of your senior pets as healthy and safe as possible.
In addition to these appointments, the Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers a full service, fully certified dog rehabilitation facility for senior pets, called Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation. There are two Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRPs) on staff, who offer exceptional rehabilitation care tailored to your pet’s specific needs and are experts in the treatment and care of injured, overweight, postoperative, neurologic and geriatric animals.