Do You Believe in Senior at 7?
If you’ve been coming to Andover Animal Hospital for awhile, most likely you have heard this phrase from one of our receptionists or technicians. Did you know that in human years
- The average 7 year old cat is about 40 years old?
- The average 7 year old dog, depending on size, is anywhere from 44-57 years old?
It is around this time in your pet’s life that we start seeing older age changes INSIDE your pet – liver, kidneys, pancreas, gastro-intestinal tract – even though he/she may appear totally normal on the outside, and act completely normal at home.
- Did you know that your pet will lose 70% of his/her kidney function before even showing symptoms?
Our goal is for your beloved pet to have as long a quality life as possible with you, well into the senior years! So at your pet’s exam, when we start talking about “senior bloodwork”, our intention is to obtain a set of values that
- WILL SERVE AS A NORMAL BASELINE IN CASE YOUR PET GETS SICK IN THE FUTURE
- WILL IDENTIFY ANY PROBLEMS EARLY ENOUGH SO THAT WE CAN RECOMMEND CHANGES IN YOUR PET’S LIFESTYLE (SUCH AS DIET OR MEDICATION) THAT WILL ALLEVIATE OR MODERATE PROGRESSION OF A DISEASE STATE
- WILL IDENTIFY THE POSSIBLE NEED FOR FURTHER DIAGNOSTICS, SUCH AS ULTRASOUND OR MORE SPECIFIC LABWORK, SO THAT WE CAN TARGET TREATMENT MOST ACCURATELY AND SUCCESSFULLY.