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If you notice that your dog has developed gray hair around his snout, it is a sign that they are getting older. Dogs are considered seniors (mature adults) between the ages of 7 and 8 years old, and cats are considered seniors when they are 10 years old. When your pet is considered a mature adult, they will start needing special care.
Have you noticed a change in behavior?
If your pet has become irritable or aggressive, if they are eating less or drinking more, they may have a medical condition that is common in elderly pets. A few common conditions related to age include kidney disease, arthritis, and pet dementia.
How often should a senior pet be seen?
With the increased risk of different health issues, our doctors recommend that senior pets have physical exams every six months. Blood work should continue to be checked once a year and regular teeth cleanings should continue. Your veterinarian will help you watch for changes in behavior and provide treatment plans to keep your elderly fur-baby as comfortable as possible.
What to watch for:
- Dental disease
- Changes in drinking habits
- Changes in urination habits
- Weight loss
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in mood
- Increased difficulty moving around
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