Our pet’s age differently than we do and as a result they can spend up to half of their life being considered a senior pet. For most dogs and cats this phase in their life begins at age 7 but can begin earlier for giant breed dogs (a Great Dane’s senior years begin around age 5!).
Their senior years are a time in their life when diseases of old age become more prevalent and they require more frequent and in depth veterinary care to keep them healthy. Once they are considered seniors, your vet will start recommending exams every 6 months as well as yearly comprehensive lab testing with the goal of identifying common diseases and initiating treatment before they begin to negatively affect your pet’s health.
Being proactive in our care of our senior pet’s means that we can optimize their health and ensure they can age gracefully for years to come.