Geriatric Consultations are where our integrative approaches really come to light, enabling us to provide our senior pets with the best quality of life. TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) has many chapters devoted to the aging process, trying to understand it, recognizing what declines, when and how. As a result, there are many herbal formulas, diet changes, acupuncture etc. available to make the Golden Years more pleasant for our pets.
A regular chiropractic manipulation keeps their spine and joints in better shape. As the pet ages, the annual exams may become bi-annual exams as animals age much faster than humans. The same changes that can take place in a human over a 15-year span between the ages of 65 and 80, can take place in just 2 to 4 years in a pet!
Large breed dogs are considered to be in the geriatric class at 8 years of age, while the smaller breeds (10 lbs) may enter the geriatric years at the age of 12. Breeds that weigh 50- to 60 lbs can reach it at 10 years of age.
Cats are typically considered geriatric from the age of 12 although they should be able to live until they are 18-20 years of age! However hyperthyroidism and renal disease cause premature death in cats.