As your pet gets older they become more delicate and require more specialized attention. In order to keep them happy and healthy you will need to make new lifestyle adjustments and more frequent veterinary visits.
What happens as my pet gets older?
Each pet will have a different experience as they enter their golden years. Some physical signs that your furry friend is getting older are:
1. Sleeping more often
2. Less playful or active
3. Increase or decrease in eating, drinking and urinating
4. Dull or grey coat
5. Greying around the muzzle, head and chest
6. Eyelid tumours
When will I see signs of aging in my pet?
The signs of aging will manifest more noticeably over time. Your furry friends age faster than humans and so a few short human years can bring many changes for your pet. Most pet owners will notice signs when their pets are between 6 to 8-years-old. Veterinarians generally consider dogs seniors when they are 7-years-old and cats when they are about 10-years-old. To learn how to care for your senior pet, give us a call at 905.707.9059.
What are common health issues in senior pets?
As your loyal companion gets older it is normal for them to experience more illnesses. Even though your older pet may be more susceptible to developing health conditions, it is still possible for them to live a relatively normal life. In order to detect these health issues your loyal companion should have regular vet visits. Here are some conditions senior pets are at risk of developing:
4. Heart disease
5. Hormone disorder
6. Kidney and liver issues