Pets age much faster than humans. Pets can be considered seniors at the age of 5-8 years old. Large breeds tend to age faster than smaller breeds.
Your pets teeth need special attention when he is a senior, healthy teeth can help maintain his quality of life
Senior pets may require a different type of food which are easier to digest and have different nutrients
Senior pets should see the vets a minimum of every 6 months. These exams will be more in-depth to spot any sign of diseases
Older dogs end to gain weight, while older cats tend to lose weight. Both of these can be health risks for a senior pet
Immune systems in senior pets are not as robust as in younger animals. Check for signs of fleas and ticks, and make sure your dog is on heart worm medication
Mobility Maintenance / Lifestyle Changes
Keeping your senior pet mobile is important for its health, talk to your vet about what level of exercise is appropriate. Changes may include spending more time inside and providing areas to sleep that don’t involve stairs