Pets today are living longer than ever. However, aging can be influenced by many factors, such as breed, size, genetics and lifestyle. Cats are considered senior from approximately nine years old, and dogs, from seven years old. Cats also have a longer life expectancy than dogs; some even live to age 20. Our veterinary team is here to guide you through this new stage to help your pet live a good life.
What should I be looking out for with my senior pet?
Water consumption is one of the primary things to keep an eye on. Increased water intake could indicate a hormonal or kidney issue. Changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, abnormalities in sight and hearing, shortness of breath with exertion, changes in behaviour or difficulties standing up or sitting down are other things that you should keep an eye on.
How can I keep my senior pet healthy?
First, it is essential to continue hygienic and preventive care, such as vaccination, parasite prevention treatments and practice good oral hygiene. We also recommend that your pet continue to interact with other animals and people to maintain cognitive and behavioural functions. Playing new games and activities is also a good idea. Continue physical activity, but be sure to allow for longer rest periods and avoid activities that require lots of endurance. Lastly, it is a good idea to change your pet’s food, because their energy needs change with age. There are many types of food specially formulated for seniors.
How often should I bring my senior pet to the vet?
An annual visit is strongly recommended. Depending on your pet’s health, we may even advise twice a year. In addition to a general checkup, we will perform blood and urinary tests for a more comprehensive portrait of your pet’s health. This allows us to identify potential health issues at an earlier stage.