Caring for a senior pet requires special attention from their owners and veterinarians. Older pets are more prone to chronic health issues and injuries which is why our veterinarians recommend bi-annual checkups. During these visits our team can create a healthcare plan to detect and treat illnesses and create a nutrition plan that benefits them.
When is my pet considered a senior?
Cats are considered seniors between 8 -10 years old while some dogs may be considered seniors as early as 6 years old. Different identifiers such as their breed, health status and even weight can determine your pet's senior status.
How can I spot the signs of aging?
It may seem like one day your pet is full of energy and very active and suddenly they become withdrawn or easily fatigued, this is normal. Here are some other signs that your pet is becoming a senior:
- Greying around the muzzle
- Altered sleeping patterns
- Hearing loss
- Increased disorientation
- Weight loss/gain
- Slower response time
- Lumps and bumps
- Increase/decrease in drinking, urination and eating
What are common illnesses in senior pets?
Regular checkups are absolutely necessary to detect illnesses as your pet may not show signs until the disease is advanced. When your pet enters their golden years, they are vulnerable to:
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Kidney and liver disease
- Hormone disorder
Feel free to call us at 780-428-8802 to have your senior pet tested for these diseases.