Just like us, pets require more maintenance towards their health and well-being when they get older. Once they reach this point in their life, dogs, cats and other pets are more prone to injury as well as certain health conditions like arthritis, vision impairment and even dementia. Our team can help you navigate this phase of your pet’s life so they can have as high a quality of life as possible all throughout. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 613.695.2060 if you have any questions or concerns about your senior pet.
How often should I take my senior pet to the vet?
In general, older pets are more vulnerable to a wider variety of health issues compared to when they were younger. To be on the safe side, we recommend they come to the hospital for a full-body exam and diagnostic screenings at least once every 6 months.
Is it normal for dogs or cats to get grey hair?
Absolutely! Just like us, dogs, cats and other cherished pets lose melanin in their hair as they grow older. This will cause their hair or fur to lighten over time. This is completely normal and not a cause of concern.
How can I keep my senior pet healthy?
In addition to regular exams and diagnostics (e.g., X-rays, bloodwork, fecal tests) you can take a number of measures in your home and throughout your schedule that may help protect your pet from injury, disease or discomfort. Many older pets benefit from supplements and diets formulated specifically for seniors. Depending on their personality, bringing a puppy or kitten in your home can help keep your older pet properly socialised. Installing soft padding or step ladders around your home can also help your senior pet be more mobile and prevent possible injuries.