Senior Care for Pets

Having a senior pet requires more care since their health is more precarious. To keep your aging loyal companion happy and healthy, they must see a veterinarian regularly. We offer quality medical care to senior patients, allowing them to enjoy their golden years. 

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At what age is my pet considered a senior?

Pets age differently according to their species, breed, size, and lifestyle. Cats are considered seniors from the age of 8-years-old. Dogs are different because they are classified as seniors according to their breed; large breed dogs will age much faster than the smaller ones. A large breed dog may be considered a senior from the age of 6, while medium or smaller dogs are considered seniors from 8 to 10-years-old.

What happens to my pet as they get older?

The older your loyal companion gets, the more likely you are to spot the physical signs of aging. Some signs of aging may include greying around the muzzle, hearing loss or eyesight problems, lumps and bumps, less active or playful, thinning fur and weight loss or gain. Your pet may also develop age-related illnesses like:

  • Cognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Cancer
  • Kidney and liver problems

How often should I take my senior pet to a veterinarian?

Your senior pet needs bi-annual veterinary exams to ensure they are healthy. With routine wellness checks, your veterinarian can manage your pet’s known conditions and detect any underlying illness before it’s difficult to treat. Regular checkups also give pet parents knowledge on safe exercises, foods and modifications they can make at home to care for their senior pet. To schedule a senior wellness exam for your loyal companion, reach out to us at 519-948-7727.

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