As your loyal companion begins to age, there’s a strong possibility that their health will decline. To ensure their health is stable so they can enjoy their golden years, they need routine visits to the veterinarian. Our team works with efficiency and compassion, especially with senior patients. We are here to inform you on how you can adjust their lifestyle and diet to meet their needs.
When is my dog or cat considered a senior?
Different factors can determine when your loyal companion is considered a senior, such as their breed and lifestyle. Most cats are considered seniors between 8 to 10 years old. Small or medium-sized dogs are considered seniors between 10 - 11 years and larger dogs at age 7. A veterinarian can accurately tell you when your feline or canine has entered their golden years.
What are signs that my cat or dog is becoming a senior?
- Appetite and weight loss
- Hearing and eyesight problems
- Grey hairs
- Limited mobility
- Increase/decrease in urination and drinking
- Matting on a cat’s back
If you have noticed these signs in your cat or dog, it’s time to have a veterinarian examine them. To schedule a veterinary visit for your senior loyal companion, please call us at 613-384-6618.
When should I take my senior cat or dog to a veterinarian?
Senior cats and dogs should have a veterinary checkup every 6 months. This gives our team the chance to do examinations and run tests to detect underlying health problems. Senior felines and canines have weakened immune systems and are prone to developing age-related illnesses. We often diagnose senior cats and dogs with the following conditions:
- Heart problems
- Kidney and liver disease
- Hormone disorder
- Cognitive dysfunction
How can I care for my senior cat or dog?
Your senior loyal companion will require some extra care as they are even more dependent on you now. Besides ensuring they have bi-annual veterinary visits, there are many things you can do at home to keep them happy and healthy. The first thing is to ensure their diet caters to their health needs, our veterinarians can create a special diet for your cat or dog. You should also provide comfortable bedding, install ramps or non-slip rugs on slippery surfaces. As they age, they will be less active. You can add low-impact exercises to their routine such as swimming, short walks, and indoor games like playing with a laser.