The day when we realize our pet has reached old age might creep up on us unexpectedly. Even though your dog or cat might not always show it, old age can come with a lot of discomfort, and a body that’s a bit more fragile. Our team can offer its years of expertise with aging pets to help you adapt how you care for your pet, making sure its old age is as pleasant as possible.
What are the signs of aging in pets?
Every animal ages differently, at their own individual pace. However, there are certain things that signal the move into old age:
If you notice your pet experiencing one or more of these signs of aging, it might be a good idea to check in with your vet. They will be able to give you advice on how to care for your cat or dog and its changing needs.
How can I best care for my senior cat or dog?
When you notice a change in your pet’s habits as it enters old age, speak to your veterinarian. They will be able to tell you how to best care for your cat or dog now in its senior years. This might mean a change in diet now that your pet has a different lifestyle and evolving nutritional needs.
The most important thing is to adapt to your pet’s new rhythm. Make sure your cat or dog has time to rest in a comfortable, quiet place between periods of physical activity and play time.
If your pet has arthritis or chronic pain, our physiotherapy and rehabilitation therapy services might help. Visit our Rehabilitation Services page for more information.