Aging is just another part of living. Our goal is to help your pets live the most comfortable and happy lives even during their senior years. We are here to guide you through that process and give advice on how to best care for your elderly pets so they remain fit and healthy. To learn more about our senior programs, call us at 416-444-7387.
What problems are more common in senior pets?
An older pet is more likely to develop certain diseases, including heart, kidney & liver disease, cancer, or arthritis. In addition, some may experience compromised eyesight, hearing, and energy levels. Despite all that, it's important to be patient with your senior pets!
What is recommended for senior pets?
Before your pet reaches senior status, we recommend you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what's normal for your pet and allow us to keep track of health changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your dog or cat turns 7 or 8-years-old respectively. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.
At what age is my pet considered a senior?
Senior status varies, which is dependent on your pet's breed, size, and lifestyle. Smaller dogs tend to age slower, so their senior years aren't typically until 10 to 11-years-old. Medium dog breeds are considered seniors earlier at 8 to 10-years-old. However, with proper care and proactive treatments, your furry companions can live well past the age of 10.