Senior Pet Care in Katy, TX
Compassionate Care for Your Pet’s Golden Years
Since pets age much faster than humans, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep them healthy and happy throughout all of life’s stages. This includes regular trips to the veterinarian and paying close attention to their needs. By following a few simple guidelines, Pet Medical Center of Katy can help you extend the life of your pet.
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Your Pet’s Longevity
Pets today live longer than they did just 30 to 40 years ago. This is because their owners are more aware of how to provide exceptional care. This includes preventative health care, protection against disease, and diagnostic techniques to identify underlying illnesses. Proper veterinary care can help you provide your senior pet the high-quality care you would expect for yourself.
Senior Life Stages
Dogs and cats are considered seniors when they are around seven to eight years old, but the exact age depends greatly on the size and breed of your pet. Cats and small breeds age slower, which means the average age of a senior is around 11. Larger breed dogs have a shorter lifespan, so they are considered a senior around the age of five or six.
The senior age is the period of your pet's life when they start to show signs of decline. This includes:
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid conditions
- Other health issues
There are many alternatives to slow the progression of age-related changes and extend your pet's quality of life!
Signs of Illness & Age-Related Health Changes
Our pets are predictable with their habits as they grow older, so a noticeable change in these patterns is a good indicator of illness or age-related changes. This includes lameness/stiffness, less interest in walks or daily activity, declined energy, weight loss or gain, a decreased appetite, increased water consumption and changes with their elimination.
More severe signs may include:
- A persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Sudden collapse
As your pet ages, it’s important to schedule a veterinary appointment every six months to help identify any issues while they are still treatable. During regular checkups, your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam. These exams may include bloodwork and a urinalysis, blood pressure testing, and x-rays. During the appointment, your veterinarian may also provide important information about caring for your pet and offer advice on any health issues that arise.
There are a variety of things you can do at home to help care for your pet as they age. Older pets are less agile, which means they can easily tumble down the stairs, fall through railings, and slip on floors. Avoid leaving your older pet in a situation where they can get hurt. Install gates in your home, install a carpeted ramp along a set of stairs, and offer comfortable bedding to cushion their bodies while they lay.
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