Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital Senior Pet Care
While your pet may always possess the spirit of a puppy or kitten, it’s important to give him or her the specialized care that’s required as they age. Most cats are considered to be senior at the age of 10. Dogs can generally be termed senior when they’re approximately 7 years old.
Dogs and cats age up to seven times faster than humans. To help prevent the onset of some common age-related conditions, our staff focuses on increased care in the following areas:
- Frequency of veterinary visits
- Early detection of disease
- Mental health and awareness
- Maintaining mobility
- Management of chronic diseases
- Increased parasite control
- Environmental changes/considerations
In addition, you should begin discussing any adjustments that may be necessary to your cat’s or dog’s diet. Weight gain can put a lot of strain on your pet’s joints and increases the risk for diseases such as diabetes. On the other hand, drastic weight loss can be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you have any concerns or observe a change in your senior pet’s eating habits, contact us immediately.
The staff at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital will also discuss any environmental or lifestyle changes that may be necessary as your pet ages. Senior cats are highly susceptible to anxiety and stress. Loud noises, new voices, and sudden disruptions should be avoided. Whenever possible, continue to include your pet in your normal routines, and always be sure to incorporate regular play and exercise into his or her day.