Becoming a senior is a milestone that should be celebrated. It’s also important to note that at this special stage, your pet will need more specialized care. Their bodies slow down and they are more prone to injuries and diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and kidney and liver problems. Our team has extensive knowledge that can help you navigate your pet’s golden years. We can create routines and diets that keep your loyal companion healthy and in shape. The senior care program that we offer is designed to maintain a high quality of life for your aging pet.
What are physical signs that my pet is getting older?
In most cases the signs manifest themselves slowly which is why they can go unnoticed. Here are some signs you may notice overtime:
- Lumps and bumps
- Eyelid tumours
- Hearing loss
- Eyesight problems
- Thinning fur
- Less playful or active
- Slow response/confusion
- Greying around the muzzle
- Weight gain or loss
When is my pet considered a senior?
Cats are generally considered seniors when they are 8 years and older. For dogs it’s not that simple, their size and breed determines when they become a senior. For instance, large breed dogs age faster than smaller ones. For example, a Great Dane is considered a senior at 5 or 6-years-old, medium sized dogs are considered seniors from 8-years-old and smaller sized dogs are seniors at 10-years-old.
How often should I take my senior pet to a veterinarian?
Your senior pet should have two veterinary exams each year. We schedule these examinations every six months to monitor their health, treat any condition they have and ensure they have a good quality of life. To learn more about the care plan we offer to senior pets, please call us at 705-434-2226.
What are safe exercises for my senior pet?
Your loyal companion’s lifestyle and diet all change when they get older. Their metabolism slows down and they often develop metabolic and endocrine diseases like hypothyroidism and diabetes which can make them struggle with their weight. Doing the following exercises in moderation can benefit your senior pet:
- Swimming: This is especially beneficial to senior pets who have arthritis as the water takes the weight off their bones. This type of exercise helps pets recover from their injuries and regain strength.
- Walking: A quick 5 minute walk can help your pet stay in shape. If your cat is vaccinated and accustomed to being on a leash/harness they can go on daily walks. Cats also enjoy laser pointers and string toys as these devices encourage them to move and play.