Senior Care for Pets
As pet parents ourselves, we understand the unique experience of caring for an older pet. Whether you’ve had the pleasure to see them grow from when they were a puppy or kitten, or if you are the lucky adoptive parents of a senior pet, it is a special time to witness. With a senior pet also comes added challenges. Annual physical examinations and routine screening bloodwork are increasingly important. These routine consultations are key so we can properly diagnose and treat common age-related conditions. Please contact our team at 519.426.0111 so you can schedule your senior pet’s next appointment. We are also happy to explain how we keep our older patients strong and healthy.
What are some of the diseases or health issues that affect senior pets?
At Simcoe Animal Hospital, the most common age-related conditions that we see in our senior patients are: arthritis and muscle loss, dental disease, cardiac and kidney disease, thyroid dysfunction, changes in vision and hearing, as well as cognitive dysfunction.
When is a dog or a cat considered a senior pet?
Although each breed is different, most dogs are considered as senior citizens once they reach 7-years-old and above. This is especially true for larger dog breeds. In comparison, medium-sized dogs usually become seniors at 10-years-old. Small dog breeds tend to reach seniority the latest, at roughly 11-years-old. Cats, on the other hand are considered to be elderly at 11-years-old and onwards. That being said, many owners notice that even well into their golden years, their pets still act like puppies or kittens.
How should I care for my senior dog or senior cat?
Our team believes in a holistic approach when it comes to pet care. A well-balanced combination of measures that you can take in your home and daily life, as well as regular visits to the veterinarian and updated medications, can help keep your pet healthy for as long as possible. Some of the things you can focus on at home are: proper nutrition, regular exercise, as well as keeping an eye on weight and body condition, teeth, skin and coat quality.