Senior Pet Care
Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that our pets, along with their owners and veterinarians, are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions. In recent years there has been extensive research on the problems facing older pets and how their owners and veterinarians can best handle their special needs.
Cats and small dogs are generally considered a senior at the age of 7. Large breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered senior when they are around 6 years old.
Things To Know About Your Senior Pet
- Senior pets often need foods that are more readily digested, have different calorie levels and ingredients, and have anti-aging nutrients. Royal Canin offers many choices of food to suit your senior pet from mobility, to foods that are easy to digest. We do have all these foods at the clinic.
- Weight gain in older dogs increases their risk of health problems, whereas weight loss is a bigger concern for our older cats.
- Older pets' immune systems are not as healthy as those of the younger ones; as a result, they can't fight off diseases or heal as fast.