Your pet’s golden years should be an enjoyable phase in their lives. Our goal is to ensure your aging pet’s healthcare needs are met so they can be as healthy as possible. Though you might notice physical changes in your pet, one constant should be the high quality of care and love they receive.
How does aging affect my pet?
Not all pets age at the same pace. For example, larger breeds tend to age faster than smaller ones. However, your pet could be considered a senior but still show no significant signs of aging. Some signs of aging include:
- Accidents around the house
- Greying coat
- Decreased activity
- Weight gain
- Loss of appetite
Why does my senior pet need more frequent checkups?
We’d like to see your senior pet at least twice a year. As your pet ages, their immune system and other organs start slowing down. This means they’re more likely to develop diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and liver and kidney failure. More frequent visits means we can be in tune with any changes in their health. Even subtle changes can be early signs of some diseases. Early detection allows us to develop more comprehensive plans to address and treat their health issues. To book your pet’s next appointment, please contact us at 403-938-4171.
How can I take care of them better at home?
Our veterinary team will provide guidance on specific ways you should be altering your pet’s care as they age. Your pet could need adjustments to their diet, meaning less calories or introducing different foods that are less difficult for their digestive system to break down. Regular exercise should also be incorporated into their daily routine. This could include a leisurely walk or light jog. The most important thing is to keep your pet active and moving. Your pet could also need special accommodations like ramps to help them move around the house more easily.