Keeping Your Senior Pet Happy and Healthy
While your pet may always possess the spirit of a puppy or kitten, it’s important to give him or her the specialized care that’s required as they age. Most cats are considered to be senior at the age of 10. Dogs can generally be termed senior when they’re approximately 7 years old.
To help prevent the onset of some common age-related conditions, our staff focuses on increased care in the following areas:
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Early detection of disease
- Mental health and awareness
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Increased parasite control
- Environmental changes/considerations
At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, we recommend wellness exams twice a year and annual senior diagnostic screenings, such as blood panels and a urinalysis. These test results help us determine if your cat or dog has any underlying medical conditions that need treatment. Common problems in senior pets include hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, dental disease, and arthritis.
In addition, you should begin discussing any adjustments that may be necessary to your cat’s or dog’s diet. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on your pet’s joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. On the other hand, drastic weight loss can be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, contact us immediately.
The staff at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital will also discuss any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be necessary as your pet ages. Senior cats are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress. Loud noises, new voices, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Whenever possible, continue to include your pet in your normal routines, and always be sure to incorporate regular play and exercise into his or her day.