When is a pet considered “old”? A question our veterinarian in Brevard, NC is asked frequently. While we are constantly at the forefront of our senior pet care and wellness, we also want to educate and inform our patients on aging animals and how it’s important to maintain consistent lifestyle adherence as they get older. There is a whole new set of age-related conditions that pet owners and our veterinarian is faced with as pets are living longer than ever before.
Handling a senior pet’s special needs requires thorough and thoughtful care, a purposeful tactic our Brevard veterinarian is well aware of and poised help with.
What Types of Conditions Are Common in Senior Pets?
Many of the conditions or illnesses we see in our geriatric pet population resemble what older humans experience. It’s no wonder you want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible.
Some of the typical senior pet conditions include:
- Heart disease
- Joint or bone disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney or urinary tract infections
We feel our senior pet wellness requires increased attention towards every pawed family member who walks through our doors seeking guidance and healing. You might need more frequent visits to our animal clinic, along with dietary recommendations we suggest, lifestyle changes, and in some instances, alterations to the animal’s home environment. Making each aging pet as comfortable as possible during the latter stages of their lives is our number one priority with senior pet care.
Considerations for The Older Pet
We have listed areas of concern that you might want to stay on top of after the age of seven years old. Cats are different in their capacity to age; however, they do need to be watched for any signs or symptoms of illness.
Following are what to consider for your aging pet:
1. Diet and nutrition
2. Mental health
3. Weight control
4. Increased veterinary care
5. Parasite control
6. Vaccination changes
7. Reproductive disease
8. Environmental support