Poor dental health is worrisome in older pets because dental disease has been linked to multi-organ disease, such as heart and kidney disease. Infections in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream, which are harder to fight off in older, immune-compromised pets. An oral examination is performed during every preventive veterinary visit in order to detect signs of dental disease in your pet.
Any significant changes in your senior pet’s weight should be addressed by your veterinarian. Weight loss or weight gain can indicate a variety of conditions, such as thyroid issues, organ disease, endocrine diseases, and cancer. Once a medical condition is ruled out as a cause for your pet’s weight change, your veterinarian can make recommendations for home care. An overweight senior pet is more predisposed to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Arthritis is also compounded by obesity. For these reasons, it is important for your veterinarian to form a diet plan based on your pet’s individual needs.
With better veterinary care, senior pets are living longer, healthier lives. Providing high-quality medical care to your senior pet, which includes twice yearly preventive visits, can help keep your beloved family member happy and healthy and with you for as long as possible.