Senior Care for Pets

Keeping older pets healthy with modified lifestyle, nutrition plans, and frequent veterinary care.

Aging makes your pet even more dependent on you. A senior pet needs more dedicated care and that's what our team offers. We can provide expert advice and services for older cats and dogs. Typically most canine and feline pets enter senior status when they are 7 to 10-years-old. Although their lives begin to slow down, your senior pet can still enjoy their golden years with help from our veterinary team.

What are signs that my pet is a senior?

The signs are similar to what you would see in humans. Our veterinarians can determine what senior status your pet is in and this is why frequent checkups are so important. Here are some indicators that your cat or dog is entering their prime years:

  • Eyelid tumours
  • Greying around the chest, muzzle or on top of the head
  • More lumps
  • Deteriorating eyesight
  • Slower response times
  • Reluctance to do certain activities
  • Confusion
  • Increase or decrease in appetite and urination
  • Altered sleeping patterns

What health conditions do senior cats and dogs often have?

Aging can cause a decrease in physical and mental capacity which leads to a bigger risk of developing diseases. Here are some health issues common in senior cats and dogs:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Osteoarthritis
  3. Liver and kidney problems
  4. Cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimer's)
  5. Obesity
  6. Hormone disorder
  7. Cancer

Although different breeds and species are more susceptible to certain illnesses, with regular veterinary care these diseases can be prevented or detected and treated early. To schedule an appointment for your senior pet, give us a call at 403-932-5875.

How can I care for my senior cat or dog?

Routine veterinary examinations are key to caring for senior pets. Cats and dogs should have bi-annual visits so your veterinarian can evaluate their health, diet, and lifestyle. At home you can ensure they are physically and mentally engaged with low-impact exercises. You can also make your home more accessible and comfortable for them by installing ramps, non-slip carpet, step stools, and providing comfortable bedding.

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