DYK that your pet’s breed & size are important determinants & predictors of health issues he/she might experience as they age?
Small Breed Dogs
Smaller breed dogs such as Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos are predisposed to mitral valve disease (inefficiency in the function of one of the heart valves) as they age. Early detection of this condition is crucial, as it can often be effectively managed with specific attention to diet & exercise restrictions.
Because of the smaller size of their jaw & teeth, smaller breed dogs are also prone to dental disease. Regular dental cleanings, at-home dental care, is especially important. Small breeds with proportionally longer spines, such as Dachshunds & Welsh Corgis, are at higher risk of developing spinal diseases. Maintaining healthy weight along with preventive measures to avoid spinal/disc injury are crucial. As these breeds age, it’s a good idea to help them in & out of the vehicle, as well as taking measures to discourage jumping on & off of furniture. Pet stairs or ramps are a great way to help alleviate this risk.
Large Breed Dogs
Giant breeds such as Great Danes, Doberman Pinchers, Rottweilers are at a higher risk of developing arthritis, joint issues & a variety of forms of cardiac disease. In addition, giant breeds age faster than small & medium-sized breeds, making regular preventive care & early detection a key to helping them age gracefully & pain-free.
Cats, as they age, have a higher risk of developing hyperthyroidism. This condition is characterized by an excess of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland, which causes the heart to work harder than it should. Again, early detection through preventive care is important. Watch for any changes in eating habits, water consumption, energy levels or weight & call us at the first signs. Himalayan, Siamese, Burmese, Persian & Manx cats are especially at risk for developing hyperthyroidism
Aging Cats & Dogs
Regardless of their breed or size, both cats & dogs are at risk of developing kidney disease as they age, Kidney disease is characterized by excessive drinking of water, combined with increased urination, & weight loss. In both cats & dogs, similar size & weight usually correlates with a similar aging process & lifespan.
Need more information or advice?
If you notice anything abnormal in your pet, call us, so we can help you address any health issues early when they are easiest to treat & manage. Preventive care, combined with early detection & treatment, are paramount to making sure your pet lives a long, healthy life. We are here to help you help your pet age gracefully!