Taking your dog to the vet for regular checkups is an important part of keeping your beloved pet healthy. For many dogs, an annual checkup is enough. As your dog gets older, however, you may be wondering if you should take them to the vet more often. Here’s what you need to think about when scheduling appointments for your senior dog.
When is a dog considered a senior?
This depends partly on your dog’s breed. If you have a large dog, then it becomes a senior when it is about 6 or 7 years old. Medium-sized dogs are considered seniors at 9, and small dogs become seniors when they are 10-12. If you aren’t sure which category your dog falls into, ask your vet.
Does your dog have any chronic conditions?
As dogs get older, they are more vulnerable to getting ongoing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and gum disease. If your pet develops any of these issues, then your vet may recommend that you bring them in more frequently.
How often do most senior dogs go to the vet?
Even if your dog doesn’t have any chronic conditions, your vet may recommend that you bring them in for a checkup every six months. This will help your vet identify any health issues as soon as they arise, so that they can be treated right away. Your dog’s senior years are also the years that they are most vulnerable to health problems, so more frequent vet visits will help to keep them healthy and happy.
If your dog is due for a visit to the vet, call Horizon Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment today! We are proud to offer comprehensive veterinary services, including digital X-rays and ultrasound imaging. We are committed to the health and safety of all of our animal patients. You can reach our Scottsdale office at (480) 800-4559.