If your furry friend is moving more slowly these days, it may be due to arthritis. Signs to watch for include limping, stiffness, difficulty getting up or a reluctance to run or climb stairs. As they age, our pets become less active and may slow down due to pain and discomfort. Both dogs and cats are generally considered seniors when they reach seven years of age.
Helping Your Senior Pet Age Well
Diagnostic testing, plus a physical exam every six months, can help detect minor changes that signal the onset of disease. Plus, a senior blood panel and urinalysis can tell us about your pet’s metabolic and organ health.
Dogs and cats are living longer today thanks to advances in veterinary medicine. The downside is, these older pets are faced with more age-related conditions that impact the quality of their lives.
Cats become less active and may stop jumping up onto perches, countertops or other high areas due to pain and discomfort. Thyroid issues, such as hyperthyroidism, are common in senior cats. Weight loss and increased appetite are among the clinical signs of this condition. Excessive thirst, increased urination, hyperactivity, unkempt appearance, panting, diarrhea and increased shedding have also been reported. If you notice any of these warning signs in your cat, we can help with diagnostic testing.