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At What Age Should Your Cat Go To The Vet For A Senior Exam?

Aug 4th 2015 at 11:27 PM

Cats face a variety of health concerns. Regular visits to the vet can help ensure that these concerns are addressed in a timely manner. Senior screenings help pet lovers and caregivers to address certain age-specific issues effectively and efficiently.

Most of us realize that regular visits to the doctor will help us and our loved ones to catch problems early, when treatment is most likely to affect the situation positively. In many cases, regular visits can help to prevent potential health problems completely. Like humans, cats are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, and regularly scheduled checkups and treatments can help to keep them happy, healthy and comfortable for as long as possible.

If your pet receives adequate health care already, your providers may have helped you to understand the changes he or she is going through as old age presents itself. Older cats face several types of health risks that do not pose significant danger to younger cats. Scheduling a senior screening makes good sense so that health intervention can be accomplished to keep your favorite feline well and comfortable.

Among the issues that older cats face are cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases, and hyperthyroidism. These illnesses can have serious effects, including severe discomfort and even death. Making sure your elderly cat visits the doctor at least twice yearly can help to keep them feeling good for a longer amount of time.

Cat life expectancy is relative in regards to breed. Some breeds tend to live much longer than others. Generally, cats are considered seniors by age 12, but those with shorter life expectancies based on their ancestry may exhibit elderly behavior by 7. It is a good idea to begin discussing senior health plans and screenings with your vet when your cat is about 7 years old.

During these screenings, the veterinarian will consider a host of issues very carefully. Age-specific blood work, vision and hearing tests, and vaccinations will be maintained. Additionally, your vet may use ultrasounds and radiography to determine if there are more pressing health risks to consider. Too many pet lovers find out too late that their older pets needed extra tender loving care. Screenings such as the senior exam help to eliminate certain questions for your peace of mind and to address others for your pet’s optimum health.

Anyone who loves a cat understands that losing that pet may equal the emotional loss of saying goodbye to a human loved one. Having brought yours into the home and making him or her a part of your family, you accepted the obligation to provide for their healthcare willingly and regularly.

Scheduling the senior screening represents your attention to their lifelong health, and you can be proud of yourself as a pet lover if you commit yourself to such fine care. For more information on senior cat exams, please visit this website.

Author Bio

Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at my animal care blog on Weebly.

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