SENIOR PET HEALTH CARE

Senior pets have special health needs and may require more attention and need.

As pets reach the golden years, there are a several conditions and diseases that they can face. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. Even if your pet seems perfectly healthy, regular geriatric check-ups are important to manage many of the changes associated with aging.

An early detection blood profile and an analysis of urine are one of the most thorough diagnostic tools available to us. It shows the health of all the major organ and glandular systems including the kidney and the liver and can show evidence of low grade or chronic problems.

The food is also an important parameter in aging animal. Indeed, nutritional needs change as pets enter their senior years and the feeding you’ve been using may no longer be appropriate.

The way you care for your pet as he or she matures can help control some of the health problems associated with advancing years. Keep in mind that a year between physical examinations for your dog or cat is like 5-7 years between annual examinations for us! Therefore, for pets over 7 years old, we recommend a senior health check every six months.

 


 

Senior dog check list :

BEHAVIOURAL / NEUROLOGICAL :

  • is not himself / herself
  • interacts less with the family
  • seems confused or disoriented
  • barking or howling for no reason
  • changed sleeping pattern
  • tremors or episode of shaking

BODY FUNCTIONS

  • bad breath or red swollen gums
  • difficulty chewing
  • eating habits have changed
  • gained/lost weight
  • drinking more water than usual
  • urinating more frenquently than usual
  • loss of house-training
  • vomiting / diarrhoea / constipation
  • trouble with vision / hearing

ACTIVITY / ORTHOPAEDICS

  • change in activity level
  • lags behind on walks
  • difficulty climbing stairs and jumping
  • lameness
  • signs of pain

SKIN AND COAT

  • scratches, licks and chews excessively
  • changes in coat or skin
  • news lumps or bumps
  • skin has an odour

HEART AND LUNGS

  • coughing
  • panting more often
  • tires more rapidly or seems short of breath

 


 

Senior cat check list

BEHAVIOURAL / NEUROLOGICAL :

  • is not himself / herself
  • is not seeking as much attention and interacts less with the family
  • objects to be handled / has become aggressive
  • changed sleeping pattern
  • house-training habits have changed, sometimes has accidents
  • hearing loss / poor vision

BODY FUNCTIONS

  • bad breath, red swollen gums, dribbles
  • difficulty chewing
  • eating habits have changed
  • gained/lost weight
  • drinking more water than usual
  • urinating more frenquently than usual / straining to urinate
  • vomiting / diarrhoea / constipation

ACTIVITY / ORTHOPAEDICS

  • change in behaviour or activity level
  • no longer wants to play
  • difficulty jumping
  • seems stiff and painful
  • difficulty negociating the litter tray
  • resents being picked up

SKIN AND COAT

  • does not groom himself / herself as well
  • changes in coat or skin
  • news lumps or bumps
  • skin is flaky / coat is scruffy

HEART AND LUNGS

  • coughing
  • breathing is more rapid and shallow
  • tires more rapidly or seems short of breath