Senior Care

Supporting your pet through their golden years with specialized care and monitoring.

Seeing your pet enter their golden years is a truly special experience. Some furry friends seem to keep their puppy/kitten spirits, while others show the signs of aging much sooner. During this life stage, your senior pet needs even more attention both at home and here at our veterinary hospital. They are more prone to a wider range of illnesses and injuries, making regular checkups a necessity. Call us today to book your senior pet’s next consultation, and to learn more about how we can help keep them as healthy as possible.

How often do senior dogs/cats need to go to the vet?

Although all pets are different, we recommend your older pet come to our hospital for a full wellness exam at least twice per year. This will allow your veterinarian to make sure everything is in good working order, adjust ongoing treatments if needed, and diagnose any underlying conditions early on.

How much exercise should senior dogs or cats get?

Great question! Silver-haired pets can handle much more physical activity than you may think. Unless otherwise advised by your veterinarian, senior dogs should get regular walks throughout the week. Swimming is also a great exercise for them, as it inflicts less impact on their joints. Pay attention to how your pet reacts to their activities and always check in with your veterinarian. Aside from physical exercise, it is also important that senior pets remain socially and mentally engaged. Play with them and spend time with them each day. Expose them to other pets and people around you.

What are the signs of old age in pets?

Each pet is different, but some of the most common symptoms of “slowing down” we see at our patients here at St. Norbert are:

  • Increased barking or hissing
  • Sleep schedule changes
  • Fear of people, places or objects that they were once familiar with
  • Anxiety
  • House soiling

Please reach out to us when you notice any of these signs. Aside from regular aging, they can also be symptoms of other conditions like dementia and/or arthritis.

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