What To Expect During Your Pet’s Senior Years
As your pet ages you’ll notice subtle changes. It’s important to understand normal aging versus abnormal changes in your pet’s health.
Some of the expected changes will include:
- Sleeping more
- Graying coat, especially around the mouth
- Dental & gum disease (veterinary care required)
- Deterioration of hearing & vision
- Joint inflammation & discomfort (arthritis)
- Muscle shrinkage and body weakness
- Decreased skin’s elasticity
Your pet will probably want more attention and need an increasing amount of reassurance. Take time to attend to your pet’s needs, particularly veterinary care and changing nutritional requirements, and you’ll have a positive influence on the quality and longevity of his life.
When Should My Pet Have His/Her First Senior Exam?
The Importance Of Regular Check-Ups
How Can You Help Extend The Life Of Your Pet?
How Does A Senior Exam Differ From A Normal Exam?
Your Best Friend Needs Extra Care in the Senior Years
Does Your Pet…
- Exhibit stiffness, or lameness?
- Seem reluctant to rise or walk?
- Licks repeatedly at a joint?
- Whine or whimpers?
- Find climbing steps, or jumping difficult?
- Exhibit pain when touched?
If your pet shows any of these symptoms, call us right away. He or she may be suffering from osteoarthritis, a painful degenerative joint disease. Pets can’t tell you when they hurt. It’s up to you to recognize the signs of chronic pain.