Age-related health changes are common in senior pets. These may become evident in their mobility, level of activity, appetite and body condition.
At Portland Vets in Edenbridge, we provide lifelong care for a variety of pets and have spent many years caring for senior and geriatric animals.
The age at which a pet becomes ‘senior’ depends on their species and breed but, in broad terms, cats and small breed dogs may be considered senior from 8-10 years of age, medium to large breed dogs from 6-8 years and giant breed dogs at around 5 years.
Did you know that weight gain can age your pet prematurely?
Your pet’s yearly vaccination appointment is a good opportunity for the vet to check for any obvious problems. However, many of the early signs of ageing are subtle and more likely to be picked up by you as their owner.
Signs to look out for and bring to our attention throughout the year include:
When these warning signs are detected promptly, we have an opportunity to investigate the cause and improve your pet’s quality of life through:
Many of the common medical problems that affect senior pets can be successfully managed, so please book a consultation with one of our vets if you have any concerns about your older dog or cat.