As our pets age they can start exhibiting many new behaviours: sleeping more, changes in eating habits, or simply “acting different” can all be signs that there is something more serious going on. It is your job as a pet parent, along with our veterinary team to determine whether those symptoms are just part of getting older or if they perhaps mean something more significant. Often they are part of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
Thanks to caring pet parents and a dedicated veterinary team our pets are living longer and longer. However, during their golden years our senior companions need a little extra TLC. As their bodies begin aging, cats and dogs are susceptible to numerous conditions such as arthritis and mobility issues, behaviour changes, dental disease, liver disease, kidney disease, hormone imbalances, weight changes, and cancer. Our healthcare team is ready to work with you to create a plan to help your furry family member live their happiest and healthiest life!
Is My Pet a Senior?
Typically around a pet’s seventh to ninth birthday (depending on their size) they are considered a senior. Though they still may act like a puppy or kitten this is when we need to start paying extra attention to any changes in their health. The best way to do this is to monitor your pet daily and schedule yearly (or twice yearly for geriatrics) visits with your pet’s veterinarian and healthcare team.
It is estimated that over 40% of cats and dogs are overweight or obese. But this growing problem often goes unnoticed. 45% of cat and dog owners believed their pet to be normal body weight before their vet assessed them to be overweight.