olfWhen our pets get older they have a difficult time handling physical and environmental situations. It always seems as if old age hits our pets so quickly, this is because our pets don’t show signs of illness easily. So when does a pet become a “senior”?

For most pets it’s right around the age of 7 to 10 years of age. In this stage, pets should be visiting their veterinarian at least every 6 months for routine check ups. Pets age much quicker than humans, so their health is something that should be taken seriously when they age. Easy things like making sure that food and water bowls are easily reachable and at a comfortable level can make a big difference. Here are a few other tips for your “senior” pet:

  • Taking ramps rather than stairs
  • Letting them out to urinate & defecate more
  • Keeping them warm & dry on colder days
  • Keeping them cool on hot days
  • Smaller, more frequent feedings
  • Regular brushing of teeth
  • Monitoring them during stressful situations
  • If they are losing their site, removing items from their pathway
  • Comforting them if they are in pain

Making sure that your pet is taken care of and healthy during their old age keeps your pet happy. Visit your Fort Collins Veterinarian and get a senior pet wellness exam taken where we will check your pet for signs of disease and monitor their vitals. We also check for high blood pressure, thyroid function, heartworms and more. Call today to schedule an appointment. 970-233-7789.