Grey hairs in your pet’s coat aren’t just a sign of aging but an indication of how their healthcare needs are changing too. Yearly visits change to bi-annual ones, along with other modifications to how they should be cared for. Our veterinary team is here to support you and your pet as they transition to a new stage of life.
How do pets change as they age?
As your pet ages, you can expect both subtle and obvious changes. Their bodies start to change, which means some of their internal systems are slowing down. For example, it might be harder to digest certain foods so you need to modify their diet to include more easily digestible foods or a lower calorie intake. You may also notice your furry friend moving at a slower pace than you’re used to, which means it takes them longer to move around your home or engage in activities they enjoy. Growing with your pet means adjusting your expectations of them as well as the care you provide as they age.
What health issues could they develop?
Since their immune system and bodies aren’t working in the same way as in their younger years, your aging pet is more susceptible to:
- Heart disease
- Vision loss
- Kidney disease
How can I support them?
It’s important to ensure your pet is receiving the veterinary care they need. This includes scheduling regular appointments twice a year by contacting us at 613.634.7474. Depending on your pet’s overall health, we may need to see them more often.