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Senior Dogs Need Extra Special Care

2/15/2017

Were you aware that 46.3 million households in the United States have dogs living with them? While many of these beloved pets may be puppies and young dogs, others are older dogs that need extra special care as they age.

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, senior dogs can experience many of the same types of illnesses as senior humans. This includes health concerns such as the following:
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Joint or bone disease
  • Senility

Vet Visits

Regardless of their age, one of the ways you can protect your animal's health and happiness is to take them to the veterinarian on a regular basis. Depending on your senior dog's health and wellness, you may need to take them to the veterinarian more frequently than when they were younger.

Senior pets should visit the veterinarian twice, rather than once a year. This is important so they can be screened and treated for any existing or potential health concerns.

A typical veterinarian visit for a senior dog usually includes additional procedures, the AVMA says. They may, for example, need to have dental care or blood tests in addition to their regular exam.

Senior Dog Activity Levels

It's not surprising that dogs are similar to some people as they age. This is particularly so with their activity level and other lifestyle preferences. In addition to not beings as mobile, the AVMA states dogs may also tend to sleep more and not want to go outside as often. Furthermore, it's also important to keep them mentally active and stimulated.

Pet Insurance For Senior Dogs

When you first bring a dog home to be part of the family, it's a good idea to purchase an insurance plan for them. You can purchase pet insurance for puppies as well as older dogs.

These plans can assist with the cost of veterinary visits should your dog become ill or be in an accident. While these plans do not provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, vaccinations, or wellness visits, additional policies can be purchased.

If you would like to learn more about veterinary insurance for older dogs and pet wellness plans, please contact our office today.

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