Senior pets need special care, just like people. As they age, pets develop an elevated risk for many conditions from cancer to diabetes. Extra trips to the veterinarian, a specially tailored diet, and other accommodations can help your older pet stay healthy. With good care, your pet's senior years can be just as rewarding and joyful as the early days. Reach out to us via 416-762-5558 to learn more about how we take care of your silver-haired companions.
How often should I take my senior pet to the veterinarian?
Pets need to see the veterinarian for regular wellness visits to ensure chronic conditions and illnesses are caught and treated in the early stages. At Jane Animal Hospital, we encourage pet owners with senior pets to bring them in twice annually for a checkup. During these checkups we'll perform a full physical examination which may include certain types of diagnostics.
In addition to semi-annual wellness exams, senior pets need regular dental care to help them avoid periodontal disease, tooth loss, gum & bone loss, infections, and cavities. Our dental care is safe and gentle for older pets. We perform dental inspections and cleanings and remove plaque above and below the gum line. After a thorough dental examination, we'll also recommend other dental services as needed.
Do senior pets still need vaccines?
Yes. Older pets need to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations to avoid chronic conditions and deadly illnesses. We administer senior pet vaccinations as needed. To ensure your senior pet gets the right vaccines, we'll track your pet's vaccination schedule and consult with you about their lifestyle and habits. This will help ensure your pet receives all necessary core and non-core vaccinations on time.
How can I take care of my senior pet at home?
Watch for symptoms of injury and disease. Senior pets are at risk for a variety of conditions that can decrease their quality of life. Some of the most common conditions older pets may experience include cancer, heart disease, periodontal disease, thyroid problems, arthritis, hypertension, and dementia. We encourage all pet owners to watch their pets for changes in habits & behaviour, lethargy, sudden weight loss or disinterest in eating, weight gain, decreased energy levels, and onset of other unfamiliar symptoms. Pets who display these symptoms should be brought to their veterinarian ASAP for a wellness checkup and examination. We can help you determine your pet's needs and ensure they get the care they require.
What type of diet and food do senior pets need?
Pets benefit from an adjusted diet when they get older. Older pets need to eat smaller portions to control their weight, and may need adjusted vitamins and minerals to avoid chronic conditions. We recommend feeding your pet a diet formulated for senior animals. To avoid unnecessary weight gain, follow the portion recommendations prescribed by your pet's veterinarian. If your senior pet needs to lose weight, we'll help you determine the right combination of exercise and caloric intake to help them lose weight but stay healthy.