As time goes by, your once energetic loyal companion will enter their senior status which comes with a lot of changes. During this stage of their life, it’s important that the care they receive matches their needs. At our hospital, we help you stay on top of all those changes and ensure your loyal companion remains healthy and happy.
When is my cat or dog considered a senior?
Senior status varies according to species and breed. Most cats and dogs will be considered seniors between the ages of 7-10 years old. Our veterinarians can tell you when your individual loyal companion is a senior.
What illnesses are common in senior cats and dogs?
As your canine and feline companion age they become more susceptible to health conditions, which is why regular veterinary exams are a must. Here are some illnesses that are common in senior cats and dogs:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiac issues
- Hormone disorder
- Kidney and liver disease
When should my senior cat or dog see a veterinarian?
In general, your senior cat or dog should have two veterinary visits each year. Aging makes their health more precarious, and our team would like to examine them regularly to identify any changes in health. Your senior feline or canine pal should see a veterinarian immediately if you see these symptoms:
- Changes in their sleep pattern
- Dull hair or fur
- Eyesight problems
- Frequent confusion
- Hearing problems
- Increase or decrease in drinking, eating or urinating
- Less energy
- Changes in behaviour