Caring for your older pet’s needs

Pets are living longer and have a higher quality of life than ever before, thanks to better preventive care, advances in veterinary medicine and better nutrition.

As a caring owner, you play a key role in helping your senior pet remain healthy. From around the age of seven, dogs and cats are officially considered seniors, which makes your decisions regarding their health care, nutrition and exercise that much more important.

The ageing of your pet is a natural and irreversible process.  As cats and dogs grow older, their bodies undergo significant changes and their need for care and attention increases.  Many diseases associated with advanced age can be prevented or successfully treated.

A touch of grey around the muzzle, a less-frisky attitude and trouble getting out of bed are some of the more obvious physical changes you might see in your senior dog or cat. Other changes may be more subtle.

It takes a watchful eye to recognise what may be early signs of disease or health problems. Often when you see outward signs of disease, your pet has already lost significant organ function and has actually been dealing with this disease state for some time.

Through May & June we at Bulimba Vet want to work with you on preventing, recognising, and managing some common and serious health issues that our older pets will encounter as they move through their “Golden Years”.

Stay tuned over the next couple of months for lots more articles on how to care for your elderly pets and what to look out for as they age.

We are also offering special senior starter health consults which include a detailed examination with a vet as well as blood and urine testing to screen for the early markers of disease.  For more information or to book for your pets senior health consult, please call the clinic on 3899 1495.