Did you know that dogs and cats age much faster than humans age? In fact, as you can see from the chart at the bottom of this page, one dog or cat year can equal anywhere from 5-15 human years! Bigger pets age faster, so the life-span of a large-breed dog is much shorter than that of a small-breed dog or a cat. Like humans, our pets are more likely to develop age-related diseases like heart, liver or kidney disease. Also like humans, pets’ needs change as they age. Aging pets may need special diets, pain relieving medication for osteoarthritis, support for cognitive dysfunction (decreased mental function) and/or a whole myriad of other supportive techniques or medications. Because pets age quickly, it means they need to see their veterinarian more often than humans see their doctors.
To compliment your dog’s veterinary care, we also offer a wide array of natural pain management modalities for our elderly patients, which includes painless Cold Laser Therapy, neuro-muscular rehabilitation and gentle veterinary orthopedic manipulation when indicated with Dr. Irene Lamberti, a 30-year veteran chiropractor with extensive veterinary chiropractic training and experience.
At Riverview Animal Clinic, we believe in thorough physical examinations, blood work and other tests (as needed) for senior pets. With check-ups at least once a year, we can help you keep your pet happy and healthy through those golden senior years.
For more information on caring for your senior dog or cat, please call us at Riverview Animal Clinic (509-758-5022).
Also visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website on senior care at https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Senior-Pets.aspx and https://www.avma.org/public/petcare/pages/caring-for-an-older-pet-FAQs.aspx