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FAQs About Health Care of Senior Pet

  Jul 23, 2018

FAQs About Health Care of Senior Pet

The average life expectancy of a pet has increased due to the numerous reasons including regular vet visits, improved health care, quality pet products and dietary habits. And, owning to this, a lot of age-related issues in pets are coming forward for pet parents to tackle.

Many studies and researches have performed to find on how to take care of older pets and fulfill their special needs in their golden years.

Q: When Does A Pet Become “Old”?

A: Depending on breed, size and species, the aging process differs. Normally, cats and small dogs are considered senior at the age of 7. Moreover, the average life span of small breed dogs is far more as compared to large breed dogs. Large breed dogs at approx. 6 years of age enter old age. However, pet parents usually misunderstand their pet's age in human terms.

Q: What Kind Of Health Problems Can Affect Older Pets?

A: Geriatric pets can develop many age-related health issues similar to old people, such as

  1. Cancer
  2. Heart disease
  3. Kidney/urinary tract disease
  4. Liver disease
  5. Diabetes
  6. Joint or bone disease
  7. Senility
  8. Weakness

Q: How Do I Help My Aging Pet Stay Happy And Healthy For As Long As Possible?

A: Consult your veterinarian about daily regime of your older pet and make a plan for dealing with age-related health problems. It is quite understandable that aging pets require more care. They require more visits to the vet, strict diet plans, and changes in their home environments.

Q: What Are The Common Signs Of Disease In An Older Pet?

A: There are no specific signs that are demonstrated by all aging pets. The signs can vary as per the infestation caused to your pet. As a pet owner, you can provide your veterinarian the required information that can help them determine any disease in your pet.

Q: When Should We Euthanize A Pet? How Will We Know It’s The Right Time?

A: This is one of the toughest decisions that the owner and the veterinarian have to make for the pet. Sometimes, euthanasia is obviously the best thing to do for your pet. At other times, however, it can be less clear. You should discuss your pet’s medical condition thoroughly with your vet before making any kind of decision.

You should always contact your veterinarian if you have any doubts regarding your aging pet’s health. The more information you have the better prepared you will be to make your friend’s transition into old age as easy and comfortable as possible. It is necessary to take care of our pets from time to time to ensure that they remain healthy and keep showering their unconditional love on us.

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