A) Generally, this is considered to be 7 years – younger with giant breed dogs. After animals reach this age, they need more frequent dental cleanings and an annual assessment. This assessment should include bloodwork, a urinalysis, and possibly other tests. By assessing older pets annually, the veterinarian has a better chance of picking up serious health conditions early while something may be done to deal with the problem – such as medication or a change in diet. Older pets are also often in pain without the owner’s knowledge, and therapies exist to make pets more comfortable in their “golden years”.
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