Your loyal companion may be considered a senior at 7-years-old. This is because pets age much faster than humans. To give pets the best quality of life, it’s important to understand the aging process. We are experts at the different changes, health issues, diets and care your pet needs. Having a veterinarian involved in your senior pet’s care helps you anticipate every part of the aging process and make their senior years truly golden.

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What are signs that my pet is getting older?

The signs may not be as obvious when your pet enters their golden age. Every pet ages differently, but here are some common changes you may notice:

  1. Weight loss or gain
  2. Hearing loss
  3. Thinning hair or coat
  4. Greying around the face 
  5. Less energy
  6. Confusion
  7. Increase or decrease in eating, drinking or urinating

How often should my senior pet have a veterinary exam?

Regular veterinary exams are necessary for all pets, but they are extremely important when your pet is a senior. Older pets’ health deteriorates much faster, so they should have biannual veterinary exams. Your veterinarian may recommend that your pet has more wellness exams to monitor a medical condition. These checkups also help pet owners readjust the care they provide their pet at home. To book a veterinary exam for your senior pet, please call us at 604-856-7707.

What are common health issues in senior pets?

At Aldergrove Animal Hospital, we are here to help pet parents differentiate between the signs of normal aging and medical problems. The health issues senior pets develop sometimes have subtle symptoms that can go unnoticed. Early detection is critical as it makes it easier to control and treat the problem. Here are some health issues common in senior pets:

  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Kidney and liver problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Hormone disorder
  • Obesity

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