These days are probably some of the best times when it comes to being a pet parent. We are fortunate that our furry family members are living longer and healthier lives now, due to advances in food and medical care. But, as our dogs, cats and other companions age, their needs change. Older pets are prone to a variety of age-related conditions. That being said, these conditions can be managed and your pet can actually stay comfortable despite them. Bi-annual examinations and blood tests are key in detecting these conditions early so that we can assist in prolonging and maintaining the quality of your pet’s life. We ask that you please call us for any further inquiries about our senior care services for pets.
When is a dog or a cat considered a senior pet?
It depends on the size and breed of your pet. As a general rule 7-years-old is when we consider our dog’s seniors or geriatric. For cats, 11-years-old is usually when we begin to treat them as senior patients. Other species also have different markers. Rabbits, for example, reach senior age a lot sooner at 5-years-old.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Similar to ourselves, senior dogs suffer from health issues as they age. These issues include but are not limited to: arthritis, urinary and kidney disease, dental conditions, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
How should I care for my senior dog?
For a healthy senior dog we recommend bi-annual check-ups that include blood and occasionally urine test. These check-ups determine if we need to adjust anything in their routine care to help prolong their lives. We also recommend a senior-specific diet and keeping them both mentally and physically active.