As our beautiful older furry friends enter their senior years, they often need a little extra special attention to ensure they continue to have a good quality of life.
When is my pet considered a Senior?
This varies a bit depending on breed, body size and the individual pet, however as a general rule, cats and small dogs reach their senior years at about 8 years of age, whilst larger dogs tend to age quicker and are seniors by about age 6.
How often should I bring my Senior in for a visit?
Often there are changes happening as our pets age that are not that obvious at home. Because they age much faster than we do, these health problems can progress more rapidly than for us. Senior check-ups every 6 to 12 months are recommended so that we can detect and manage any concerns as early as possible to ensure that your golden oldie remains in as good health as long as possible.
When should I worry about my Senior?
New lumps or bumps.
Changes to their appetite or thirst.
Weight gain or loss.
Reduction in grooming or greasy hair.
Changes or difficulties with urination and/or defecation.
Trouble getting up after resting/sleeping.
Difficultly walking or going up stairs.
Changes in normal home behaviour.
If you notice any of the issues above, or have any concerns, we recommend you book for an appointment.
We offer Senior Pet Consultation Packs - including yearly blood and urine testing and extended consultations. These can be combined with vaccinations to minimise additional stress.
Ask our team about a geriatric consultation this year for your pet.