Losing their shiny mane and a constant ache in their joints can be signs that your pet might be aging. Aging is a natural process for your furry companion. Old age is not a disease, but as your pet ages, they are prone to more illnesses. The best way to help your pet enjoy all their golden years is to consult a veterinarian and build a plan for them to be as comfortable as possible. To know more about senior care for your furry friend, feel free to call us at 905-827-4100.
When is my pet considered a senior?
Seniority can differ based on the breed. Generally, cats and smaller breed dogs over 10 years of age are considered to be senior pets. Larger breed dogs are known to have a shorter lifespan and thus are considered senior pets between 5 to 7 years old.
What are the signs of old age in pets?
Here are some signs to tell you if your pet is slowing down:
- House soiling
- Deteriorating senses including sight, hearing, taste, and smell
- Changes in metabolism and eating habits
- Swollen joints
- Chronic pain
- Increased barking or hissing
- Fear of people, places or objects they previously had no trouble with
- Changes in sleep schedule
What can I do to make my senior pet feel more comfortable?
With old age, your pet might prefer a more relaxed lifestyle than their younger years. It is important to understand your pet’s behaviour and make their life as joyous as possible. One of the best ways to do so is to work with your veterinarian to build a senior care plan and bring them in for regular consultations.