How old is your dog? The age of your dog is greatly dependent on their weight. Would it surprise you that a Great Dane at 6 years old is older than a 6 year old Chihuahua? Well, it’s true. The size and breed of your dog will have a lot to do with his life expectancy, but in general, all dogs are considered a senior at 7 years of age.
Dogs, like humans, require more frequent check-ups to detect early warning signs of illness as they grow older. Aging is a natural process, and physical changes accompany advancing years. Even though many conditions that affect older dogs are not correctable, they can be controlled. The key to making sure your senior dog has the healthiest and highest quality of life possible is to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks, detect disease as early as possible, and correct or delay the progression of a disease.
We love your aging companions and want their senior years to be as healthy and happy as possible. At Animal Hospital at the Crossing, we recommend twice-annual exams, so that together we can take the best care of your senior companion. Again, early detection through wellness exams can prevent more serious problems. Blood tests can rule out a number of ailments or confirm ailments that need to be treated.
These senior dog visits are an excellent time for you to address questions about your dog’s health with our veterinarians. Please call us to schedule an appointment for your senior companion or to request more information today.
Animal Hospital at the Crossing
3001 Village Office Place
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