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Senior Pet Care FAQ

Caring for an older pet in Troutdale, Oregon requires consideration for their situation and age. A veterinarian at the Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center offers the care your senior pets need to stay healthy and active as they age. The key is recognizing when to seek help from a vet for concerns about an older pet.

When is a Pet Considered a Senior in Gresham?

The age when a pet is considered a senior in Gresham actually depends on the breed and size of your pet. As a general rule, all pets reach a senior age between 7 and 10 years old. Larger dogs usually age at a faster rate than smaller breeds, so they may show signs of advancing age as early as six years old. Smaller breeds and cats may age at a slower rate, so they might not show signs of advanced aging until almost 10 years old. Specific ages depend on the breed, size and activity level of your pet.

What Health Problems Occur as a Pet Ages?

The health concerns that may arise as a pet ages depend on several factors, including diet, current health and a pet's specific situation. While the specifics may vary, common concerns include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Signs of memory loss and senility
  • Arthritis or bone discomfort
  • Weakness in their body
  • Problems with internal organs
  • Diabetes

Pets develop similar diseases and conditions as humans. By understanding the challenges pets may face, an owner can take measures to check on a pet's specific health as they age.

How Much Exercise Does a Senior Pet Need?

Senior pets still require regular exercise for good health and well-being. Focus on high-intensity, but short, exercise strategies. You want your pet to continue using his or her muscles to stay healthy and active. By taking short and brisk walks rather than long ones, you encourage exercise an older pet can keep up with while also encouraging better exercise habits. You also want to add to the number of walks or activities for a positive impact on a pet's health.

Should I Adjust a Pet's Diet?

Dietary requirements change as a pet ages. Consider specialized foods for the pet's age group. A vet in our clinic can help with your decisions by offering the tools and information you need to make the best decision for your pet. We evaluate the risks and check for signs of a health concern that may impact your pet's needs, like diabetes. We then make a dietary recommendation to get the right results for your pet's nutritional needs and current situation.

Keeping your pets healthy starts with the proper management of their lifestyle. When your pet starts showing signs of aging, you want to visit a veterinarian in Troutdale to check for health risks and to ensure that your pet is currently healthy. To learn more about keeping your pets healthy as they age and encouraging graceful aging, call (503) 661-1833 for an appointment today.