Senior Care for Pets

At Sechelt Animal Hospital, we’re here to help your pet age like fine wine. To help them grow old gracefully, they may need that extra bit of care and attention. Our veterinary team will work with you to meet their changing healthcare needs at all points in their life. For more details on our senior care services, give us a call at 604-885-2309.  

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What are signs my pet is aging?

The sad truth is that pets have shorter life spans and age faster than humans. They are generally considered seniors at around 7-years-old for dogs and 11-years-old for cats. As they grow older, it may be harder for them to do the things you both love and got accustomed to doing. Signs to look out for that your pet is aging are:

  • Graying hair
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Reduced mobility and fatigue (stiffness climbing stairs or jumping)
  • Arthritis
  • Changes in weight
  • Shortness of breath
  • Foul breath

What are the most common illnesses that affect senior pets?

As your furry companion ages, they are more prone to certain diseases and require more medical attention to manage their symptoms and pain. Common health conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney, heart, gum or liver disease

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