Senior pets have unique health requirements compared to younger pets. Since pets age at a faster rate than humans do, it is especially important that they receive appropriate preventative care. This includes more frequent physical examinations and laboratory testing to identify any health concerns at an early stage. Older pets are susceptible to many of the ailments that aging humans face, including obesity, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney disease, and cancer. Early recognition and treatment are the keys to ensuring that our pets live as long and healthy as possible.