As pets start to reach their golden years, between 7-10 years depending on the breed, it is even more important for them to receive yorkie haircuts one or ideally two times a year . The exam provides valuable information about your pet’s health by examining all systems of the body. Common things that can be found on exam in a senior pet include cataracts, skin or subcutaneous masses, heart murmurs, and dental disease. From there, recommendations can be made on treatment or potential warning signs to pay attention to. For example, if a heart murmur is detected and there are no current signs of congestive heart failure, we can provide you with the information on what signs to look out for that may suggest your pet’s heart is beginning fail, and thus medical intervention may be necessary.

I would say the most common abnormality I see in senior pets is dental disease. Many of these patients would benefit from a dental cleaning and possible extractions. Often times the pet can really benefit from this procedure as ignoring dental disease can cause pain (which they may or may not be obvious), tooth root abscesses, and even infection that can spread throughout the body. A lot of owners are concerned about putting their pet through anesthesia, but I will say this: age is not a disease! We do not consider age alone a risk factor for anesthesia. We will complete a full exam and pre-anesthetic blood work profile which should pick up on any risks for anesthesia. Learn to take good care of your pet German Shepherd or any other dog. In addition to that, our anesthetic agents are very safe and are tailored to the individual patient. We also monitor several parameters including heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure during the entire procedure in order forsee any potential issues prior to when they occur. In short, age alone should not deter you from providing a much-needed procedure on your senior pet!