Whether you are the new adoptive parent of a senior pet or are new to seeing your small puppy or kitten enter their golden years, caring for your older pet comes with its own unique challenges and rewards. Older pets are more vulnerable to developing chronic diseases and sustaining different types of injuries. They often require a modified diet and nutrition plan. In any case, it is important to develop a health care plan for senior pets and with the help of our team, you can rest assured that your pet will continue to thrive in this stage of their life.
How can I spot the signs of aging in my pet?
Your pet’s age, if you know it, is a good way to tell if they are starting to progress into their senior stage. For example, cats that are 11 to 14-years-old are senior cats and cats that are 15-years-old and above are considered as geriatric cats. Dogs, in comparison, enter their senior stage once they are 6-years-old and above. Some of the most common indicators of ageing, aside from your pet’s age are: altered sleeping patterns, loss of agility, hearing problems, increased disorientation, decreased energy levels and changes in body weight.
My senior cat/dog is losing weight, what can I do?
If you come across this, the best thing to do is contact our team immediately. Changes in weight are usually indicators of underlying health problems. During a consultation at the hospital, our team can conduct bloodwork and urinalysis to diagnose any health problems that your senior pet may be experiencing.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats or dogs?
Unlike their younger counterparts, senior pets are more likely to develop several kinds of diseases. Kidney disease, arthritis, dental problems are just some of the diseases that older pets are susceptible to.
Why is my senior cat/dog having behavioural issues?
Aside from physical changes, you may notice changes in your senior pet’s mood and attitude as time goes on. Slower response times, reluctance for physical activities, aggression, anxiety and staring are some of the common behavioural issues displayed by older pets. Fortunately, medications can help manage these cognitive dysfunctions.