As your furry friend ages, they may need additional care and attention to maintain their well-being. Providing your pet with a great veterinary care team can make a significant difference in their golden years. At McKenzie Veterinary Services, we offer senior care services and can provide advice on your pet's diet, exercise, and environment to help enhance their quality of life. To book an appointment, call us at 250-727-2125.
When is my pet a senior?
The age at which a pet is considered senior depends on their size and breed. Generally, smaller dogs have longer lifespans than larger dogs, and cats tend to live longer than dogs. Small dogs are typically considered seniors at around 10-11 years old, while larger dogs and cats are considered seniors at 7 and 10 years old, respectively. However, with appropriate care and early interventions, pets can live well beyond the age of 10.
What health conditions are connected to aging?
As pets age, they are at a higher risk for developing a variety of chronic issues. Common health problems that older pets may face include heart disease, liver and kidney failure, thyroid disorders, periodontal disease, dementia, and other age-related conditions. Some others may be:
- Osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint issues
- Heart disease
When should my senior pet have a veterinary exam?
To catch any potential illnesses early on, senior pets should undergo veterinary exams at least twice a year. During a senior wellness exam, the veterinarian will assess various organs and areas of the body, including the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, teeth, and skin, to detect any signs of infection, parasites, or disease. This proactive approach allows for prompt treatment and can prevent certain conditions from arising in the future.