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Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered "seniors" at around 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet's health care needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet's daily routine can change as your pet ages. Some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious. The best way to help protect your senior pet is through yearly wellness visits, routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic to evaluate how your pet's health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.

At Shaker Square Animal Hospital, we take a holistic approach to your senior pet's wellness using western medicines when necessary but also incorporating alternative modalities like acupuncture and herbal medicines to keep them healthy and comfortable. We encourage you to take this opportunity to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet, and to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care.

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet's health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout their "golden years."