Through every life stage, your pet’s basic needs, including diet and exercise, will change. A pet is considered a senior around the age of 7 to 10 years old due to the fact that he or she has aged about 7 years to every 1 of yours. It is important to know your pet’s age so the entry into and journey through the senior years can be managed with the proper care.
When a pet reaches senior status, health can change quite rapidly. Dogs and cats are good at keeping health problems a secret, which is why routine care is so important. It is also necessary that you know how to help your pet handle environmental and physical stresses as he or she will naturally become less tolerant and able to cope. At Petsadena, we offer compassionate care that promotes health and happiness as the years creep up.
Senior Pet health issues to watch for
As pets age, there are a number of conditions we want to watch for, including:
- Impaired hearing or vision
- Intestinal issues
- Arthritis or chronic pain
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease
- Cognitive disorders
Routine care for the senior pet
Older pets benefit from more frequent visits with the team at Petsadena. Our routine assessments can promptly detect changes that may indicate disease or pain. The sooner that health conditions are identified, the easier they may be to treat conservatively. We like to see senior pets every six months.
How to monitor your senior pet’s health
You know your pet better than anyone. Certain changes may indicate cause for concern. Some of the issues you should watch for include:
- Slower to get up or move around
- Lack of energy
- Increased irritability or isolation from the family
- Changes in fur
- Changes in chewing or how food is picked up
- Sudden changes in weight, either gain or loss
- Changes in appetite
- Changes to bowel habits
Petsadena offers the care your pets deserve. Schedule a visit with our experienced team today at (626) 441-1137.