Did you know…
If your dog is over the age of seven, then they are considered a senior dog. On average, dogs age seven times faster than humans, meaning by the time your canine companion is nine years old, their organs, joints, and metabolism are comparative to a 63-year-old human. That’s almost retirement age!
Health concerns which your dog may be experiencing
Following are some of the health concerns which your dog may be experiencing.
- heart diseases
- kidney failure
- liver disease
- adrenal diseases
- eye cataracts
- joint issues
- weight gain
- teeth issues
Greencross Vets recommends that healthy older dogs be examined by a veterinarian atleast twice a year. Dog ages 7 times faster than humans, which is a significant amount of time for health problems. Talk to your local Greencross Vet today to learn more
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Lethargic behaviour – reluctance to move around
- Reluctance to jump on beds or lounges
- Changes to their skin or coat e.g. lumps or bumps
- Significant increase or decrease to their weight
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hissing more when touched or patted
- Heart murmur or rapid heart rate
- Breathing difficulties
Greencross Vets recommends that healthy older cats be examined by a veterinarian at least twice a year. Pets age much faster than we do, and six months for a senior cat is similar to three years for us, which is a significant amount of time for health problems to creep up. Talk to your local Greencross Vet for more details.
Health care tips for your senior dogs
Care at home
Making small adjustments to your pet’s home environment can assist them as they start to show signs of ageing. Things to consider when living with a senior pet could include:
- providing easy access to food and water
- keeping them cool in summer and warm in winter
- comfortable bedding
- Monitoring the symptoms and visiting vet as soon as you find changes in their behaviour
- Shorter walks – more often
Just as we give special attention to the nutritional needs of puppies and kittens, dogs and cats heading into their later years require a premium quality senior pet food to maintain their quality of life. Once our pets celebrate their seventh birthday, it is recommended they be transitioned to a premium senior pet food. These special foods meet their changing nutritional requirements, gifting them with longevity and wellness into their senior years.
One of the easiest way to care for your dog’s teeth is providing a varied diet that promotes chewing and gentle abrasion on the teeth. Such foods include human grade chunky cooked meat/cooked chicken hearts, dry foods especially formulated for oral hygiene. Of course, the best thing to ensure your dog’s teeth are clean is daily brushing. Ensure your dog eat slowly and consider a go-slow bowl.
Frequent health check-ups
Taking your dog to the vet for regular checkups will help to detect problems earlier, resulting in a happier and healthier canine friend.
What your Greencross Vet will monitor in your senior dog’s examination:
- joints and arthritis
- eyes and ears
- teeth and gums
- skin and coat
- urine and faeces
- blood test and blood pressure
- weight and body condition score
$30 off professional services*
Book online and redeem in clinic.
*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer including Healthy Pets Plus. Excludes food, medications, grooming and merchandise. Applicable for dogs and cats aged 6 and above. One voucher per pet. Can be used only at Greencross Vets clinics. Ends 31 May 2019.