As your pet ages, his nutritional needs and physical abilities change. Subtle, sometimes undetected, changes begin to occur. Your ageing pet may become more susceptible to cancer, kidney disease, heart problems, pancreatic disease and hormonal imbalances such as thyroid conditions or diabetes.
Dental disease may occur and predispose your pet to a host of other problems. Arthritic conditions cause pain and immobility and change the way your pet is able to interact in the family. Behaviour changes and unexpected bad habits, such as house soiling, can suddenly make your beloved friend a difficult housemate.
Mature animals are seen at least once every twelve months, usually at vaccination time. As one pet year is equal to about seven human years, we like to check older pets more frequently – at least once every six months. The good news is that early detection and treatment can often add years to your pet's life. Current tests frequently detect disease before symptoms are even apparent.