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A Few Things You Should Know About Senior Pet Care


Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and better care from owners, pets are enjoying longer lives than ever before. This is great news since it means keeping our companions by our sides for as many years as possible. However, with pets living longer, knowing how to care for them in their later years is crucial. Senior pet care helps maintain your furry family member’s quality of life as they age. It also provides an opportunity for veterinarians to detect health problems in their earliest — and most treatable — stages. 

We provide senior pet care in Hilton and O’Halloran Hill here at Pets Health Veterinary Practices, and we’d like to share some more information on this important service. Read on to learn more. 


Not All Pets Become “Seniors” at the Same Age

There is no set age at which an adult animal becomes a senior. The aging process varies depending on things like a pet’s size, species, environment, etc.

There are a few general guidelines, but they are by no means set in stone. We typically consider cats seniors when they’re between 7 and 11 years old. With dogs, it all depends on their breed and size. Giant breeds often become seniors by 5 to 6 years of age, while 7 to 8 is when most large and medium-sized dogs become seniors. Toy breeds, like Chihuahuas, that can live up to 20 years, don’t become seniors until much later. 


Health Problems Are More Common in Older Pets

Much like humans, pets are more prone to certain health problems in their later years. Some of the most common health issues among seniors include: 

  • Dental disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Senility


Regular Senior Pet Care Appointments Are a Must

Wellness care is crucial during all stages of a pet’s life. However, as your furry friend gets older, the need for regular veterinary care increases. Since problems can develop quickly, we encourage you to bring your companion in every six months. During a senior pet care appointment, we’ll perform a thorough exam, recommend routine lab work to keep check on your pet’s ongoing health, and make recommendations regarding the diet, exercise, etc. We encourage you to bring up your questions and concerns, too. As your partner in pet parenthood, we are here to provide you with the information you need to make your furry friend’s Golden Years just as happy, healthy, and comfortable as their earlier years. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for senior pet care in Hilton, O’Halloran Hill, or the surrounding areas.


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O’Halloran Hill Vet Centre

123 Main South Road
O’Halloran Hill, SA 5158

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142 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
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