Caring for a senior pet can be challenging as your pet may seem completely different. Their health, diet, features, and sometimes even their behaviour change. This new journey should be celebrated as it can be just as memorable and fun as any other stage of a pet's life. We know about the care senior pets need and will do our best to ensure your pet enjoys their golden years.
When is my pet considered a senior?
It all depends on the type of pet and their breed. Canines are considered seniors anywhere from 5 to 10-years-old. Large breed dogs age faster and are considered seniors at 5 or 6; medium-sized dogs are seniors at 8, and smaller breeds between eight to ten are classified as seniors. Felines aged 8 years and older are considered seniors.
What are signs that my pet is aging?
If your pet is approaching their senior years, you will spot the following signs:
- Eating or drinking less
- Greying around the chest, head, and muzzle
- Less active or responsive
- Poor eyesight or hearing
- More lumps
- Dull or grey coat
- Sleeping more
How does aging affect my pet's health?
Senior pets are prone to many illnesses. It is essential that your pet has two yearly checkups to catch diseases and provide treatment. As their body wears down, they can develop:
- Hormone disorder
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Kidney and liver issues
- Heart disease
How should my senior pet's care change at home?
It will require much more patience than when they were younger. Understand that your loyal companion will slow down and may be unable to live up to their normal capabilities. We recommend moderate and low-impact exercises to keep them active. It helps if you make your home safer and more accessible for them to get around by installing anti-slip carpets or even ramps. Your senior pet may lose their appetite, so you should encourage them to eat daily. You can always contact our team for more tips on how to care for your senior pet.