Focus on our Senior Pets

 

In today’s world, dogs and cats are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.  In Canada, there is an estimated 7 million geriatric pets.  As our pets get older, they require special attention and care.  We need to work with our clients to help with their quality of life as the pets’ age.

 Defining “Senior”:

Cats:   from ages 7-10 are considered “mature”, ages 11-14 are “senior” and over 15 are “geriatric”

Dogs:  from 7 and over are considered “senior”, however with dogs, breed type plays a part in determining “senior”.  Small breeds are not considered senior until ages 10-13, while large and giant breeds age faster and can exhibit age related changes earlier.

 How to recognize signs of aging: 

  • Trouble getting up or moving around
  • Change in appetite
  • Panting
  • Increased drinking and or increased urination
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive vocalization, especially in geriatric cats
  • Changes in grooming habits
  • Alteration in sleep/wake cycle
  • Disorientation

 

If you notice any of the above changes in your pet please contact us to arrange an appointment.  Our veterinarians will be happy to evaluate and discuss how we can help call 905-685-7349

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