Bentley Animal Hospital

Fenton Senior Pet Care

As our beloved pets age, their needs and care requirements change. Just like humans, senior pets require special attention and care to ensure they live a happy and healthy life. But when exactly is a dog or cat considered a senior? And what can pet owners do to provide the best care for their aging pets? Learn all about senior pet care here.

When is My Pet Considered a Senior?

The age at which a pet is considered a senior can vary depending on their breed and size. Generally, dogs and cats are considered seniors when they reach 7-9 years old. However, larger breeds tend to age faster and may be considered seniors at a younger age.

Signs of Aging in Pets

Just like humans, pets may experience physical and cognitive changes as they age. Some common signs of aging in pets include:

  • Decreased mobility and activity levels
  • Increased stiffness or joint pain
  • Signs of
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Dental problems
  • Changes in vision and hearing
  • Increased frequency of accidents or difficulty with bladder control
  • Changes in behavior or temperament

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to consult with us to determine the best course of action for their care.

Therapies for Senior Pet Pain Management

Many veterinary therapies can help manage pain and discomfort in senior pets:

  1. Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, and is safe for pets of all ages.
  2. Medications like NSAIDs may be used to provide relief for chronic pain.
  3. Supplements such as glucosamine injections and chondroitin, may help improve joint health and reduce pain in animals with conditions like arthritis.
  4. Solensia is a monthly injection administered at our office that can help control osteoarthritis pain in cats.

Senior Pet Care Tips

As pets age, their care needs may change. Here are some tips to help provide the best care for your senior pet:

Regular Veterinary Check-Ups

Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are crucial for senior pets. These visits can help detect any health issues early on and ensure your pet is receiving the proper care and treatment.

Proper Nutrition

Senior pets may require a change in their diet to accommodate their changing needs. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your senior pet, taking into consideration any health conditions they may have.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation

While senior pets may not be as active as they once were, it is still important to provide them with regular exercise and mental stimulation. This can help keep them physically and mentally healthy.

>By understanding when a pet is considered a senior and implementing proper care techniques, pet owners can ensure their pets live a happy and healthy life in their golden years. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us!

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