The golden years of your pet’s life are to be treasured, as you continue to give them extra quality care and love. Getting older means your pet will become more delicate, but with a modified care plan you can spend many more years with them. At Ambassador Animal Hospital, we are here to answer all your questions and give advice on how to adjust and care for your pet during this stage of their life.
When is my pet considered a senior?
All pets age differently, but in general, most cats and dogs are considered seniors when they are 7 years and older. To learn more about your pet’s senior status and how we can help keep them healthy during this stage of their life, schedule an appointment at 519-971-3100.
What are signs that my senior pet needs to see a vet?
- Less energy
- Weight loss/gain
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in sleeping pattern
- Hearing problems
- Dull hair/fur
- Increase or decrease in drinking, eating and urinating
Once you notice any of these signs, please don’t hesitate to have your pet examined by one of our veterinarians. Some of these signs are the early symptoms of illnesses senior pets are prone to develop. By assessing them in the early stages, it’ll be easier to treat their illness and keep their quality of life as high as possible.
What are common health issues among senior pets?
As mentioned earlier, the older your pet is the more susceptible they are to various health conditions. Here are some health issues that are common in senior pets:
- Heart problems
- Kidney and liver disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Hormone disorder
How can I care for my senior pet?
All senior pets should see a veterinarian twice each year for regular checkups to ensure their good health. If your pet has a health condition, ensure they are taking their medications as prescribed. You should remember to be patient with your loyal companion; they may not be as quick and responsive as in their younger years.