How aging affects older pets
Growing older with your pet is a comfort that many pet owners look forward to. It’s hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the backyard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at your feet. When they begin to slow down, put on a little weight or stiffen up, your pet needs your help and understanding. Unlike humans, pets can’t take responsibility for their care and totally rely on you.
Pets age much faster than people and, as they age, two kinds of changes occur. The first is age related change such as hearing loss, changes in vision or reduced activity. These are normal and can’t be prevented. The second kind is pathological changes or diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis or dental disease. These are, to some extent, preventable or can be successfully managed.
Common senior pet health conditions
Senior pets can develop painful osteoarthritis in their joints, which often go undetected, impacting their quality of life. Osteoarthritis is caused by a lifetime of wear and tear, excess weight and joint related injuries. If you notice your pet’s movement slowing down, this may be a symptom of osteoarthritis, which is now highly treatable. Book a consult now to help your pet enjoy their golden years.