As your pet ages, they are susceptible to a lot more health issues than experienced in their younger years. A dog or cat over the age of 10 could be equated to a human of around 70 years old. It is recommended that your pets are checked more regularly for common illnesses and ailments as well as those commonly associated with age.
From the age of 7 you should start increasing their vet checks. They should also be checked for ailments such as endocrine disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancers. Quite often these diseases are not detected until it is too late, so early detection can help prolong the life of your beloved pet. Your pet should also be checked for arthritis. For larger dogs over 8 years old, smaller dogs and cats over 10 years old, check-ups should be at least twice a year and include urine and blood tests.