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Senior Care

One day, your cat or dog will become old. They’re no different from us; as they get older, they can also develop various ailments. You can help and support your pet with special care and our expertise. At Hôpital vétérinaire des Trois-Lacs, we provide care that’s tailored to the needs of aging pets. We can keep an eye on their health and make sure they have a good quality of life for as long as possible.

When is a pet considered a senior?

It depends on the type of animal, but also its breed, size, health, lifestyle and other factors.

On average, dogs are considered seniors at around age 7. That’s when the first signs of aging appear.

Cats are considered seniors when they start showing signs of aging at around 10 or 11 years.

What are the signs of aging in cats and dogs?

Here are some of the things you might notice:

  • Loss of energy
  • Greater fatigue
  • Less agility
  • Reduced appetite
  • Etc.

    What kinds of health issues can pets develop as they age?

    Cataracts, heart disease, digestive and intestinal issues, loss of sight, smell and hearing, osteoarthritis and diabetes are common health conditions in aging pets.

    What can I do to help my pet age well?

    As your cat or dog ages, their quality of life may gradually decline. Illness, discomfort, pain, fatigue… Even if aging is inevitable, there are little things you can do every day and small changes you can make to their routine to improve their quality of life. That could mean talking to your vet about adjusting your pet’s diet. You can also provide comfort and make sure they have places where can quietly rest. Another thing you can do is help them maintain mobility by keeping them moving and playing, but at a slower pace.

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