Senior pets need special care that supports this stage of life. As pets age, they are more likely to develop more health concerns. For example, health concerns like heart disease, cancer and kidney disease are common in their golden years. If you’re interested in discussing your pet’s senior care with us, please contact us at 705-476-3913.
What health conditions affect older pets?
As pets age, their body’s ability to fight off infection decreases, making them more susceptible to diseases. However, advancements in modern medicine means pets are living longer than ever because of the range of treatments available, which allow your pet to continue to live a long, happy life despite their health condition. Some health concerns your pet can develop are cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease and arthritis.
What are the signs of these health conditions?
There are a range of symptoms that indicate a health problem. It’s important to stay vigilant about any changes, even the subtle ones, in your pet’s behaviour and share with our veterinary team because they might be an indication of a health concern. Some of these include:
- Losing their appetite
- Difficulty breathing
- Weight gain
What treatments are available for my pet?
A combination of home care and treatments at our hospital can support your aging pet. For some pets, medications can significantly support pain management and treatments like laser therapy can promote cell rejuvenation. Based on our recommendations, you can make adjustments to their diet to provide them with the nutrients they need. At home, you can integrate more senior pet-friendly products like an orthopedic bed, adding steps for access to places off the ground and making their feeding area more accessible.