One of the most rewarding aspects of our work here at the clinic is seeing your cherished pets grow from newborns, to adults and to senior citizens. We are honoured to be by your side and collaborate with you to keep them healthy all throughout their life. As they enter this new and exciting stage, our teamwork becomes even more vital. Although your pet may seem like a puppy or kitten in many instances, they need more attention now. Regular check-ups and exams are key as older pets are more prone to injury and certain illnesses. Feel free to call us today at 905.885.8151 for more details on how we take care of our silver-haired patients.
What kinds of diseases can senior pets get?
In some ways, our furry family members age similarly to us humans. The most common conditions we treat in senior pets include:
It’s important any condition your pet develops is diagnosed right away so they can be given the right treatment. Although a diagnosis is never good news, with proper care, your pet can enjoy many years of comfort despite their illness.
What is the right way to care for an older pet?
The main point to remember is you need to pay closer attention, take extra care and be more patient with your senior pet. Keep track of any changes in their appearance (teeth, coat, nails, joints, etc.) and behaviour (activity level, mood, mobility, etc.). Make sure they are eating the right foods, getting socialized and are getting some form of exercise. More frequent visits to the vet are necessary (at least two times a year) so we can make recommendations to keep their quality of life as high as possible. You can also consider “senior-izing” your home. Put baby gates by the stairs if your pet has arthritis, place soft padding on hard surfaces they are constantly in contact with, place stools/small step ladders beside your couch so it is easier for them to navigate, etc.
My older pet is acting more irritable than usual. Is this normal?
Yes. This is usually a sign of dementia or your pet is senile. Dementia affects about 60% of dogs between the ages of 11 and 16. About 50% of cats 15 and older are afflicted by the condition.
Other symptoms are disorientation, inconsistent sleeping patterns, as well as no longer responding to you and others in your home. Please call us right away once you see these symptoms in your pet.