Having a senior pet is as special as having a new puppy or kitten. The bond you have with your senior pet runs deep and you want to continue making precious memories with them for years to come, which is why involving a veterinarian in their care is crucial. At our hospitals, we provide excellent care to our senior patients ensuring each visit is better than the last. We are committed to keeping your senior pet healthy for as long as possible.
When is my pet considered a senior?
Cats are considered seniors when they are 8 years and older. In dogs, their breed and size can determine when they are considered as seniors. Generally, dogs 7 years and older are considered seniors. If your pet falls within the age group to be considered a senior, it’s time to work with a veterinarian who specializes in senior care. Our team has years of experience giving quality advice and treatment to our senior patients. Schedule a senior wellness exam with us today at 613-829-0220 or 613-843-1334.
What are some changes that senior pets experience?
Your pet’s body will change and you’ll notice they have more thinning or grey hairs, hearing problems, loss of appetite, less energy, and many other signs. Senior pets will also experience various health issues because their immune systems aren’t as strong. Senior pets may develop the following:
- Kidney/liver issues
- Cognitive dysfunction (similar to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease)
- Hormone disorder
How can I ensure my senior pet stays happy and healthy?
Medical care is critical when your pet enters their golden years. The first step to keeping your senior pet healthy is to ensure they have two wellness exams each year. The older your pet gets they become more susceptible to developing health issues. With routine veterinary visits, we can catch unknown illnesses before they become more difficult to treat. Additionally, if your senior pet has a known health problem we can monitor it and adjust their care as needed. Other areas of your pet’s care such as parasite prevention, nutrition or keeping them active contribute to them having a high quality of life. Even though older pets aren’t as active as they used to be, it’s important to provide toys or low-impact exercise to stimulate their mind and keep them moving.