Silver-haired pets have a unique charm all their own. Many have developed a quiet and elegant demeanor while others still act like puppies or kittens. However way your older pet behaves, it is important to pivot their medical care to their senior needs at this point in their life. Our team is here to make sure your pet stays as healthy as possible during their later years. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 613-824-7511 to learn how we can keep your pet’s golden years bright.
Are senior pets more prone to illness?
Unfortunately, yes. Arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, as well as hearing and vision loss are just some of the most common issues that affect senior pets. This is why regular checkups (at least 2 times per year) are so important. They help us detect problems early, so we can minimise pain and prevent further degradation.
Do senior pets still need vaccinations?
Yes. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet and recommend vaccinations they need based on their findings. (Keep in mind that the Rabies vaccine is mandated by law.) Your pet will need to get it once every year or so their entire life.
How can I keep my senior pet healthy?
Although some health issues are genetic or inevitable, many are preventable with proper diet, exercise, hygiene, socialization and veterinary care. We recommend the following to parents of older pets:
- Keep your pet physically active with low impact activities like walking and swimming
- Keep your pet at their optimal weight (our team can help you with Nutritional Counselling)
- Consider supplements as well as laser therapy, acupuncture and other treatments
- Make sure your pet gets a full veterinary exam at least twice per year
- Keep your pet mentally engaged by playing with them and exposing them to other pets and humans