Make Your Senior Pet's Years Golden
Did you know that your pet is considered a "senior” by the age of 7? Pets age much more rapidly than people, so it's important to keep that in mind as we watch out for their health and well-being. We recommend that you bring your senior pet to us for a checkup twice a year so that we can catch problems early, before they become serious. This not only helps your pet stay healthy, but it also saves you money by preventing or delaying serious age-related medical problems.
As pets age, they begin to slow down and may develop pain from conditions like arthritis. It's important that you know the signs of pain so that you can bring your pet in for treatment right away.
Signs of Aging in Dogs
- Less endurance when exercising
- Tentative on stairs
- Less enthusiastic about toys
- Less patience in some situations, especially around children or other excited dogs
- Increased urinary or fecal accidents in the house
Many of these signs and others are not the result of aging itself, but are actually symptoms of various health problems that your veterinarian can help you manage so that your dog is more comfortable.
Signs of Aging in Cats
"He's getting old and sleeping more” is a common report we hear from cat owners. What you need to know is that cats are very good at hiding their age. However, there are some signs of aging that you should be aware of:
- Increased or decreased sleep
- No longer jumping onto high places
- Don't want to jump into and out of the litter box
- Avoiding human contact
- Disliking being stroked or brushed
- Loss of grooming (are no longer fastidious about cleaning themselves)
Whether you have a cat or dog, if you notice any changes in your pet's health or behavior, please contact us right away to schedule an appointment. Your pet should be able to age with dignity and comfort, and we will do all that we can to ensure your pet's good health.