Kyle Veterinary Hospital

Senior Pet Care in Hamilton County, OH

As our beloved pets age, their needs change and they require more specialized care. Senior pets need extra attention to ensure they live a happy and healthy life through their golden years. We can help you determine when your pet is considered a senior, explain why senior pet care is important, the signs of aging in pets, and how to care for your aging pet.

When is My Dog or Cat Considered a Senior?

Kyle Veterinary Hospital - Senior Pet Care

The age at which a pet is considered a senior varies 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. It is important to consult with us to determine when your pet is considered a senior and what specific care they may need.

Why is Senior Pet Care Important?

Just like humans, senior pets are more prone to health issues and require more specialized care. By providing proper senior pet care, you can help prevent and manage these health issues, ensuring your pet has a better quality of life. Senior pet care also allows for early detection of any health problems, which can lead to more successful treatment. Additionally, senior pets may require a change in diet and exercise routine to accommodate their changing needs.

Signs of Aging in Pets

As our pets age, they may start to show signs of aging. These signs can vary depending on the type of pet, but some common signs include:

  • Decreased energy and activity levels
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Difficulty getting up or moving around
  • Changes in behavior or temperament
  • Dental problems
  • Changes in coat or skin
  • Increased frequency of accidents or difficulty controlling bladder/bowels

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

What to Expect With Senior Pet Care

Just like humans, senior pets should have regular check-ups with their veterinarian. These check-ups should occur at least twice a year, as opposed to the annual visits recommended for younger pets. During these check-ups, we will perform a thorough physical exam and may also recommend blood work and other diagnostic tests to catch any potential health issues early on.

Arthritis in Senior Pets

One of the most common health issues in senior pets is arthritis. This condition causes inflammation and pain in the joints, making it difficult for pets to move around comfortably.

Signs Of Arthritis In Pets Include:

  • Limping
  • Difficulty getting up or down
  • Decrease in activity level.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with us for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Senior Pet Pain Management

As pets age, they may also experience chronic pain from various health conditions. It is important to manage this pain to ensure your pet's comfort and quality of life. We may prescribe pain medication or recommend alternative therapies. It is important to follow our instructions and monitor your pet's response to the treatment.

Senior Pets and Dental Care

Just like humans, senior pets are more prone to dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. These issues can cause pain and discomfort for your pet and may even lead to more serious health problems. It is important to maintain good dental hygiene for your senior pet, including regular brushing and professional cleanings. We may also recommend dental treats and toys to help keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy.

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