Senior Care for Pets
Pets reach their milestones much sooner than us humans. Depending on their size and breed, dogs and cats reach senior status at approximately 7-years-old. Older furry friends have the upper hand on many things. They are more receptive, and can actually learn tricks just as well as their younger counterparts (contrary to that popular saying). Unfortunately, they are prone to injuries and are more susceptible to developing a wide range of health problems. For this reason, it is important you maintain an open dialogue with our team, and take your older pet in for regular check-ups so they can stay as healthy as possible during this season of life. Aging gracefully and with dignity is our goal for your pet. Many diseases of aging can be easily and cost-effectively managed if detected early enough.
What should I expect from my senior dog or senior cat?
In the early phases of their senior stage, you might not notice a whole lot of changes in their behaviour and routine. But, as the years go by, you will need to be more patient and attentive to your older pet. They will move a lot slower, may be more irritable, and more prone to injuries as time goes on. You can expect to alter their diet/food routine, and switch up their home environment. For example, you may need to move their sleeping are away from stairs to avoid any falls, purchase orthopedic beds or you even need to install extra padding on hard surfaces to protect them from injury.
How often should I take my senior pet to the veterinarian?
Ideally, your senior pet should come to our clinic for a full examination at least two times per year or once every six months. This way, we can diagnose and treat any underlying health issues right away, and ensure your pet maintains a high quality of life. For more details on the best care plan for your senior pet, please do not hesitate to call us at 519.307.2510.
What are the signs of aging in pets?
Some pets show little to no obvious signs of aging, even well into their senior status, while others show signs early on. If you are unsure about your pet’s specific age (e.g. you adopted them or rescued them) some symptoms of aging you can keep a lookout on are: cloudy eyes, sudden weight gain or loss, reduced activity/energy levels, hearing loss, thinning fur/hair, stiffness, incontinence and inflamed teeth/gums. Behavioural changes like irritability, confusion, slow response times and aggression are also signs of cognitive decay due to aging.