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While it's easy for pet owners to notice the outward signs of your pets aging such as graying of coat and having a slower pace, it is important to remember that your pet is also changing internally. Older pets are more likely to develop diseases such as heart, kidney, liver, cancer or arthritis. By scheduling regular veterinarian visits throughout the year, we can help identify some of these diseases at an early stage, allowing us earlier intervention and sometimes reversal of the disease's development, resulting in extending the quality of life for your beloved pet.
Although size and breed plays a role in your pets aging process the "senior" classification for your pet is based on the simple fact that our pet's aging process is faster than people. Commonly, pet owners recognize behavior changes that are often disregarded as their pet's normal aging process when in reality the changes are early signs of disease and conditions that can be monitored and maintained to slow or stop progression.
Simple signs often recognized but dismissed can be:
It is Arden Animal Hospital's recommendation that your senior pets be routinely examined by a veterinarian twice a year to keep them healthy and to detect problems early on and before they become difficult and costly to treat.