Senior Care for Pets
At Morrisburg Animal Hospital, we are honoured to be your hospital of choice for your most loyal companions. Seeing your pets grow and mature into their senior years brings us great joy. During this particular point in their life, the partnership between owner and veterinarian becomes even more important. Older pets are more likely to get injured or to be diagnosed with serious illnesses. Regular wellness exams can help us get ahead of any problems and keep your pets comfortable during this stage. Please do not hesitate to call us at 613.543.2812 to schedule your next appointment.
At what age is my dog or cat considered to be senior?
Time flies much faster for our furry family members. When they are about 11-years-old, most cats are considered to be seniors and those over 14-years-old are seen as geriatric. Our canine pals reach senior age at approximately 7 to 11-years-old. That being said, you may find that your pet still behaves very much like a puppy or kitten even though their fur is graying. Through routine checkups, we can ensure that they continue to feel this way!
How should I care for my senior pet?
First, we cannot stress enough the importance of having your pet come in for full-body exams every 6 to 12 months. This way, we can promptly diagnose any underlying issues, and prescribe the appropriate medications and treatments. Then, what you do at home also makes a significant impact. You can help keep your pet at a healthy weight and ensure that they get physical exercise and mental stimulation through low-impact activities like swimming and by getting them to do tricks or play with engaging toys.