Supporting the Health and Longevity of Senior Pets
If you’re lucky enough to own a senior pet, you know how wonderful life can be together. However, just like very young pets, senior pets have unique needs and considerations.
While every pet is different, most cats are considered senior at the age of 10, while most dogs can be called senior around age 7. Common problems among senior pets include:
- Dental disease
- Kidney disease
To help prevent the onset of common age-related conditions, we focus on the following:
- Early detection of disease
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Increased parasite control
- Lifestyle / Environmental changes
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Mental health and awareness
Senior Wellness Visits
The team at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital recommends twice yearly wellness exams and annual diagnostic screenings for senior pets. These tests help us identify underlying health issues and can aid in early detection efforts. In general, it’s important to note any change (big or small) in your aging pet. For example, if your cat or dog seems to be moving slower than usual, it may be an indication of pain, not simply aging.
A Healthy Senior Diet
When caring for an aging pet, it’s important to consider any nutritional changes that may be necessary to support senior health. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. Alternatively, 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, please contact your veterinarian.
Supporting a Senior Lifestyle
One of the goals at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital is to maintain a high quality of life for senior pets. To this end, our team will help you explore any environmental changes that may be appropriate as your pet ages. To ensure comfort and ease of mobility, you might consider factors such as where your pet’s bed is located or where he or she eats. In general, loud noises, new people, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Also try to incorporate regular play and exercise into your senior pet’s day. Maintaining mental and physical health is essential and, of course, it’s important to always provide lots of love and attention.
On the Web
American Association of Feline Practitioners:
American Veterinary Medical Association: