At Portland Vets in Horley, we love providing lifelong care for a variety of pets and have many years’ experience working with seniors. When pets hit a certain age range, which can be reached prematurely if they are overweight, age-related conditions can start to affect their health, mobility, level of activity, appetite and body condition.
The age at which a pet becomes ‘senior’ depends on their species and breed but, in broad terms:
Get in touch with our team at Horley if you have any concerns about your ageing pet.
Your cat or dog’s annual vaccination appointment is a good opportunity for one of our vets to check for any obvious problems, so it’s important to keep up with these. Where you can help your pet even more is by keeping an eye out for the more subtle early signs of ageing, which will be most apparent during your pet’s day-to-day life at home.
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 the 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 at Horley if you have any concerns about your older dog or cat.