No matter how much we would like to have our four-legged companion at our side forever, aging is an inevitable step in a pet’s life. What we can do is make their last years comfortable and enjoyable for them. This means offering proper care and adapting their daily routine to their changing needs.
What are the signs of aging in cats and dogs?
As pets get older, they may show the following signs: increased or decreased appetite (along with weight change), gastrointestinal problems (such as vomiting or diarrhea), less energy or liveliness than usual (less interest in playing or being active, spends more time sleeping than before) and a change in their habits or behaviour (more aggressive or fearful, relieves themselves next to the litter box or has accidents).
At what age is a pet considered to be a “senior”?
Cats and dogs are generally considered seniors between seven and ten years old, depending on species, breed and size.
Does my senior pet need special care?
Pets have an increased risk of developing health problems as they get older. These include arthritis, kidney disease and heart problems. Care for your aging pet therefore includes frequent checkups at the vet. Once you’ve noticed signs that your dog or cat is reaching old age, we recommend one or two visits to the vet per year.