Senior Pet Care. Pets age 6 to 7 years for every human year. Today, many veterinarians recommend that senior pets have a veterinary exam every six months. In human terms, it’s still equivalent to having a checkup every three years – and a lot can change in three years.
Watch your senior pet for any changes in appearance or behaviour that may signal illness. If caught early, most age-related diseases can be corrected or eased. Providing the right care will offer your senior pet a better quality of life.
One of the most important things you can do for your senior pet is to make sure they maintain their proper weight. Many senior pet problems have been linked to obesity and inactivity. Specially formulated senior pet foods that are lower in calories and have high-quality protein can be helpful. However, watch your pet for any negative reactions any time you introduce a diet change
Maintain a schedule of regular exercise but remember that your pet may not be able to move as quickly or agilely as he or she used to. Be on the look out for progressive limping, problems getting up from a lying position or climbing stairs. These may be signs of arthritis. Be sure to alert the doctor during your pet’s next visit. Our goal is to provide the best quality of life to our senior patients.
For dogs over the age of 7 years we should be monitoring for osteoarthritis, thyroid disease, cardiac (heart) changes as well as the ongoing dental, vaccine, parasite, blood chemistry panel and urinalysis
For cats over the age of 7 years we should be monitoring for osteoarthritis, renal disease, thyroid disease, blood pressure changes as well as the ongoing dental, vaccine, parasite and blood chemistry panel.