Silver-haired furry friends have a charm all their own. Some have become more laid back since their younger years, while others still act like puppies or kittens. The one thing they all have in common is the need for more care – both at home and at the veterinary hospital. Give us a call at 905.685.7349 so you can provide the best healthcare possible for your pet during this special stage of its life.
How often should I take my senior pet to the vet?
Once your dog or cat reaches senior age (at around 7 to 10-years-old depending on their breed), they should come in for a full health exam at least 2 times per year. Older pets are more prone to injuries and illnesses. Regular checkups can help us detect problems early, so they can be treated right away and we can reduce the likelihood of worsening conditions. Remember, preventative care means reduced expenses and overall better quality of life for your furry family member.
What are normal behaviours for senior pets?
Although the actions below are 100% normal, they may also be signs of an underlying illness, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you notice them or to bring them up during your next checkup.
It’s normal for older pets to:
- Forget commands or tricks they once knew
- House soil
- Fear places, things, other pets and people they’ve known all their life
- Have a changed sleep and eating pattern
- Be less active and tire more easily
- Bark more
- Display repetitive actions or behaviours