Cats and dogs lose their vision and mobility and face memory-related issues just like humans. With felines and canines, the issues compound at a faster rate because 1 year in their life is equal to 7 years in human terms. This is why senior care for pets is a specialized field of care. As cats and dogs enter the senior phase, vets increase the number of annual checkups from 1 to 2. We also monitor their health more closely with more diagnostic tests to detect diseases sooner rather than later. Early detection can help add years to your pet's life. We are here to provide that extra care to your senior pet. Feel free to call us at 416-538-8387 to learn more about our senior care services.
What are signs that my pet is aging?
Some signs that can help you identify aging in your pet include:
- Thinning/greying fur
- Slow down in activity or movement
- Reluctance to go out and play
- Bumps and lumps on their body
- Decreased or blurry vision
- Exhibiting signs of confusion or lethargy when called
How can I help my senior pet ward off diseases?
The best chance for your pet to fight diseases is to stay ahead. Take your pet to routine veterinary exams at least twice a year. You can also change their diet and exercise routine to fit their needs. Feel free to discuss the best diet and exercise routine with our veterinarians. It's also a good idea to include more immunity-building foods in your pet's diet. Another way to ward off illnesses is to have a year-round parasite control and prevention plan.
What diseases are most common in senior dogs and cats?
Senior pets are more prone to diseases such as memory loss, arthritis, cancer, obesity, vision and hearing problems, and bladder and kidney issues. If you notice any signs of illness or concern, don't hesitate to contact our veterinarians right away.