As your cherished pet gets older, the care you give them needs to be age appropriate. Once you notice them greying, becoming less active or having compromised hearing or eyesight you should get a veterinarian’s input. Our team can assess your pet’s wellbeing, determine what new lifestyle changes to implement and provide treatment to any health problems. We’re prepared to make the golden years truly special for your loyal companion and keep them in great health for many more years to come. To schedule an appointment for your senior pet, give us a call at 613-542-5552.
When do pets reach senior age?
Seniority will look different for all pets according to their species, breed and size. Cats reach their senior status at 10-years old, while dogs are considered seniors from anywhere between 6 to 10-years-old. This is because larger dogs age much faster than smaller ones. To us humans 10 years is young, but your furry friend ages two to three times faster than us each year.
What are common illnesses in senior pets?
Unfortunately, golden age usually means that your pet may develop ailments. This is why veterinary exams become even more important to detect early signs of illness. Early diagnosis means that your pet will have a better chance to fight the illness and have a better quality of life. Some common illnesses we see in senior pets are:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiac problems
- Kidney disease
How can I take care of my senior pet?
An important part of caring for your senior pet is to have them come in for a full health checkup twice every year. Aging can take a toll on their bodies and we want to re-evaluate their needs at every stage of their journey. At home you should ensure they get enough exercise, have a healthy diet, stay on top of their oral hygiene and keep them protected from parasites. You should also remember to show them extra affection and be more patient with them.