1-800-PetMeds® Publishes The Vet’s Secret to Helping Senior Pets

Dr. Michael Dym, VMD, of
1-800-PetMeds®

“Aging pets should be taken in for veterinary exams twice each year for thorough physical and oral exams” ~ Dr. Michael Dym, VMD

When it comes to vet visits, many pet parents opt to bring their pets to the veterinarian only when they need vaccinations or in the case of a health emergency. This leaves aging pets at a disadvantage because this is the time in a pet’s life when bi-annual checkups are vital. Catching preventable health issues early is crucial to keep older pets healthy and active in later years.

Many senior pets succumb to preventable diseases that to the untrained eye may just seem to be part of growing older. Easy-to-miss symptoms such as lethargy, mobility issues, or a change in behavior may be signs of an underlying condition that can be reversed if caught in time. As Dr. Dym explains, “aging pets should be taken in for veterinary exams twice each year for thorough physical and oral exams, as well as blood and urine testing to search for early signs of degenerative and organ-based diseases.”

Some pet parents may avoid checkups for senior pets due to the cost of vet visits. The truth is, skipping regular examinations may result in much higher costs down the line when a preventable health problem turns into a medical or surgical emergency. The $45-$75 cost of a regular checkup, if skipped, may end up costing thousands of dollars in treatment and medication bills when a health issue is left undetected for too long.

Even more important is that a beloved pet may endure significant pain and distress from not having a health condition diagnosed and treated early. Of course, in some cases, without early detection, such conditions may be fatal.

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