Senior Care for Pets

When your pet becomes a senior, life begins to slow down for them. They require more care and patience during their golden years. Here at Signal Hill Animal Clinic, we are experts at caring for geriatric patients. Our veterinarians recommend senior pets have regular wellness exams, so no change in health is missed.

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When is my pet considered a senior?

This varies according to species and breed. Dogs are generally considered seniors from 7 years old. Cats are considered seniors when they are 8 years old. We can examine your pet and determine their senior status. Please call us at 403-249-3411 to book an appointment.  

What are the signs of aging in pets?

The signs that your loyal companion is getting older look similar to the changes you see in humans. Senior pets will become less active and responsive, have more grey hairs, have hearing loss or sight problems, etc. Seniors are also more prone to health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Cognitive dysfunction/memory loss
  • Bladder and kidney issues

How can I care for my senior pet?

  1. Ensure they have two wellness exams each year. Your veterinarian may want to see your pet more often to monitor known health problems and adjust their treatment.
  2. Give them a well-balanced diet. Ask your veterinarian for assistance choosing the right foods for your senior pet.
  3. Add calming and low-impact exercises to their routine such as swimming.

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