You love your dog and your furry companion is part of your family in an irreplaceable way. You know your pooch won’t live forever, but you can do your part to help make your dog’s life comfortable and healthy by ensuring they get a regular exam.
While your dog only had to get an exam at their veterinary clinic about once a year or so when they were younger, as a senior pooch, you need to make sure they get vet services twice a year. Your local veterinary services likely allow for a walk in appointment if your dog has a sudden need for senior care, such as becoming sensitive to food, getting joint pain, and suffering from other aging dog woes.
Why does a regular exam for your dog matter now more than ever before? You’ll learn why here, and if you have further questions, you can get the answers you need via talking to your dog’s vet. All veterinary emergencies should not wait.
Your Dog is More Likely to Gain Weight
Just like you gain weight as you get older, so does your pooch. Your dog’s metabolism and activity level might change as they get older, causing them to gain weight. Weight gain is hard on your dog’s heart and joints, so keep your dog’s weight in check and go in for a regular exam so your dog’s vet can change your dog’s diet as needed.
Your Dog is More Likely to Have Aches and Pains
From dental and gum disease to poor hips and joints, your dog is likely to suffer from more aches and pains as they get older than they did when they were younger. Your older dog may not be able to express their aches and pains in a way you’d recognize, so it’s up to your vet to look for signs of discomfort at your dog’s regular exam to keep them in better health and make them comfortable as they age.
Take your canine companion to the local vet clinic right away if your dog experiences sudden weight loss, excessive drooling, agitation or confusion, lack of appetite, increased thirst, or other concern. Your dog’s vet will give them an emergency exam to determine what is ailing your dog.
Part of caring for your older dog is ensuring they get the regular veterinary care they need. A regular exam is just one way you can help your dog age well and have a happy senior life.