Dogs older than eight years require extra medical care, especially if surgery is involved. Conduct these routine checks to keep a watch on your senior dog’s vitals, and do consult with your vet on the frequency of the testing.
Be aware that senior dogs are at a greater risk of reacting adversely to anesthetics. If anesthesia is required, play it safe and test your pet’s liver and kidney function, blood components and electrolytes. Finding issues beforehand is better than encountering issues during surgery. The results of these tests may modify the anesthesia procedure and medication used.
Be proactive and prepared to care for your aging dog in the best way possible!