Senior pets should be examined regularly, ideally every six months. Many disease processes can be detected early via physical examination by a veterinarian. These exams are often accompanied by blood tests and/or other diagnostics. The earlier a disease is detected, the better job we can do in slowing its progression or providing a cure. Old age is not a disease, but sometimes the symptoms of diseases can be misinterpreted as old age. Often the disease is treatable, or there are things that can be done to lessen the symptoms and make your pet more comfortable while they age gracefully. We encourage you to bring your pet in more regularly than the annual examination if you have any worries about their health. Give us a call at 403.452.2060 to learn more about how we can protect your older furry friend.
When is a pet considered a “senior”?
Canine pals reach senior age anywhere between 6- and 10-years-of-age. Their feline counterparts are considered geriatric around the 10-year mark. Be that as it may, you may find that your pet behaves very much like a kitten or puppy even in their later years.
How do I care for a senior pet?
Senior pets need extra care and attention. It is important they receive regular check-ups, vaccinations, parasite protection, dental care, exercise, grooming, socialization and a healthy diet. In combination, all of these factors contribute to a thriving pet even as they reach their final stage of life.
What happens to dogs and cats as they age?
It really depends on their specific breed and case, but in general, older pets may experience compromised eyesight, hearing, mobility and energy levels. This can all result in behavioural changes and make them more likely to be diagnosed with many types of health conditions, as well as an increased risk of injury.