While cats age more gracefully than dogs, both species will experience the effects of aging. They can no longer jump onto the sofa, become less active, don’t get as excited about food, and are at higher risks of contracting diseases. With age, these diseases can spell trouble for your pet. With increased risks, the quantity and quality of care they receive also change. Our veterinarians can provide compassionate care to your senior pet and guide you through this new life stage.
What are common diseases that affect older cats?
Senior cats risk being affected by diseases such as overactive thyroid, osteoarthritis, intestinal problems, dementia, cancer, pancreatitis, diabetes, and renal disease.
What diseases are most likely to affect senior dogs?
As dogs age, they become prone to more diseases and illnesses than cats. Most commonly affected conditions include:
- Loss of hearing and vision
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Heart problem
- Kidney issues
Should I change my pet's diet as they age?
Yes. As your pet ages, you should change their diet to inculcate the necessary nutrients and vitamins. This might mean changing from dry food to wet food, increasing their fiber intake, or lowering phosphorus levels in food intake. However, discussing any diet changes with your veterinarian is essential to ensure they won’t negatively impact your pet’s health.