How do I know if my animal is considered ‘senior’?
All animals ‘age’ differently and at different rates for a variety of reasons, some related to environment, some to lifestyle, some to size, some to species and genetics. So the word ‘senior’ is really only useful in this sense if we take it to mean ‘the age at which the animal’s health needs have become more acute’.
On average this will begin at around 7 years of age in dogs and cats, but rather than worrying about a specific number, you really just need to know that the older they get, the more important it becomes to keep a stronger preventative eye on the sort of health problems that naturally emerge in animals as they age.
How Often Should I Have My Senior Pet Checked?
Again the correct answer will depend upon your pet’s unique circumstances and the sorts of conditions they are facing. But in general we recommend 6 monthly checkups for dogs and cats beyond 7 years of age.
Now My Pet is Entering Their Senior Years, Do I Need to Change Their Care Regime?
It’s a difficult question to answer briefly, so fortunately Dr Mitry has actually written an entire blog on the topic. You can read it here >> 12 Tips for Caring for Your Elderly Dog or Cat (opens in new window).