When do you know if your pet has become a senior? Dogs are considered a senior pet when they are around ages 6-8, cats when they are around ages 10-15, and horses when they reach age 15-20. What does that mean for you?
Senior pets, like people, require different care. We recommend bringing them in for an exam every six months and blood work every year. Just like people when pets age their bodies start to deteriorate at a faster rate. The more often we are able to see them the better changes we have of catching any serious changes and treat quickly.
Signs your pet needs to see a vet
- Decreased appetite
- Increased urination
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
You know your pet better than anyone else. If you notice an unusual change it is always best to consult our veterinarians. Remember to avoid giving your pet Aspirin because it contains ingredients that are toxic to pets.
Other senior pets may require you to make some small changes around the house to make them more comfortable. As pets get older they have a more difficult time regulating their body temperature. To keep them comfortable make sure that they have a dry temperature controlled place to rest. In El Paso it is especially important to have a cool place designated for your pet during our long summers to prevent heat stroke. Pets with arthritis may need an orthopedic bed and even ramps anywhere they may encounter steps. Pets with vision problems may need obstacles removed around the house to provide a clear path for them to move around.
Concerned about how you will be able to get your best friend the best care they need without stretching your budget? Check out our senior wellness packages that are an all inclusive care needed over a year’s period of time.
August is senior awareness month! During the month of August get 10% off senior bloodwork and $30 off senior wellness packages. Call us today at 915-584-4491 to schedule your senior pet’s appointment!