Aging dogs and cats require special care to maintain their health. As your loyal companion gets older, they’re more likely to develop health issues. With regular veterinary visits, we can support them through this stage of life. To book an appointment for your senior dog or cat, please contact us at 613-384-0986.
How should I care for my aging dog and cat?
Just like with humans, your pet’s needs will evolve as they get older. You’ll notice greys in their coat, or they begin moving at a slower pace. These physical changes also signal the need for external changes as well. Senior dogs and cats usually need special diets that ensure their nutritional needs are met while being easy to digest. They’re also more prone to obesity, which can predispose them to a variety of health issues, so they may need dietary modifications with a lower caloric intake. In addition to helping your dog or cat maintain a healthy weight, exercise can also support their overall health. Making modifications to your home, like keeping food and water accessible and including mobility supports like ramps can make it easier for your senior pet to navigate your home.
How often should I bring my senior dog or cat for checkups?
We usually recommend regular checkups at least every six months, unless your pet has health issues that require more frequent visits. Since their immune system slows down with aging, we’re able to diagnose health issues earlier on, which increases our ability to treat them. While these appointments help us to stay up to date with your dog or cat’s health, they’re also an opportunity for you to receive recommendations on ways to improve their quality of life or share any concerns you have based on daily interactions.
What can I do to support my dog or cat’s health between visits?
Between visits, home care is essential for helping your pet through their senior years. Some ways you can do this include:
- Regular grooming
- Daily teeth brushing
- Daily exercise
- Spending quality time together