Our silver-haired patients certainly have a charm of their own. Many now have a more “refined” and gentle demeanor compared to when they were youngsters, while others still have the energy of puppies or kittens. However way your senior pet acts, they need extra care from both you and our veterinary team. To learn how we can keep your older pet healthy at this stage of their life simply call us at (780) 475-9225.
When do pets reach senior age?
It depends entirely on their species and even their specific breed and/or size. For example, dogs are classified as seniors anywhere between 6- and 10-years-old. Generally, larger-sized dogs tend to age faster than their tinier friends. Meanwhile cats reach their senior status at approximately 10 years after their birth.
What are signs that my pet is aging?
You may be surprised that the signs of aging in furry friends are similar to the signs in us humans such as graying hair, compromised hearing and eyesight. Other signs are more specific to them such as foul breath, fear of familiar people, increased barking, pacing in the evening hours and forgetting commands they once mastered. Despite all of these points, some pets still have the same behaviours and appearances as when they were young, so it is important to bring them in for regular check-ups to detect any underlying problems that may need treatment.
How should I care for my older pet?
It’s important to stay in close contact with our veterinary team and to always pay attention to any kind of changes in your pet’s appearance and behaviour. Make sure you stay on top of their health exams (at least twice per year), parasite control, dental cleanings, nutrition and exercise.