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Is my pet a senior?

As a rule of thumb, if your dog is over 7 years old or your cat is over 8 years old, they are considered a senior.

Why should I be concerned?

The ageing process starts to affect our pets as they get older. Certain issues and diseases are more common with older pets, and their nutritional needs change as they age. If we can detect problems early, it is much easier to treat and/or manage them.

What are common illnesses that affect older pets?

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid (and other hormone-related issues)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Dental Disease
  • Cancer / Tumours
  • Heart Disease
  • Vision and Hearing loss

What can I, as a pet owner, do?

Annual check-ups are very important. They allow your veterinarian to detect problems early and treat issues effectively. Keeping your pet up to date with their vaccines will help prevent disease. Routine blood tests and x-rays are also important in identifying problems early. Be aware – many illnesses, in their early stages, can be mistaken for “old age changes”.

With the help of your veterinarian, your pet can enjoy a long and healthy life. Call us and book a wellness appointment for your senior pet today.

Written by: Elgin Animal Hospital

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