Senior Pet Care

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Their Golden Years At Town and Country

As pets age, their health needs change, requiring special attention and care. Let’s explore when your pet is considered “old,” potential health issues in senior pets, and how to ensure your beloved companion ages gracefully.

When is My Pet Considered “Old”?

Determining when your pet is considered a senior depends on factors such as species and size:

Senior Life Stages for Cats

Between seven to 11 years old, with a 15-year-old cat equivalent to a 78-year-old human.

Senior Life Stages for Dogs

Small dogs can live up to 20 years, with small to medium dogs considered seniors at seven years (equivalent to a human in their mid-40s) and large to giant dogs at seven years (equivalent to a human in their early to mid-50s).

These variations highlight the importance of tailored care based on your pet’s unique characteristics.

Potential Health Issues in Senior Pets

Senior pets may encounter specific health issues, requiring attentive care.

Vision and Hearing Loss

Pets may experience decreased vision or hearing, requiring screenings and potential lifestyle adjustments.

Dental Health

Dental issues can lead to broader health problems, emphasizing the need for regular dental care, including brushing and professional cleanings.


Older pets, especially larger dogs, may suffer from arthritis, affecting mobility. Management involves anti-inflammatory medications, moderate exercise, and weight control.

Cancer and Kidney Disease

Cancer is more common in older pets, while kidney disease is prevalent in older cats. Early detection and appropriate treatments, such as medications and special diets, enhance their prognosis.

How to Help Your Senior Pet Age Well

Providing optimal care for your aging pet involves:

Weight Control

Monitor your pet’s weight and consult with our veterinary team for strategies to maintain a healthy weight.

Living Environment

Adjust their environment to accommodate changing needs, considering factors like mobility and comfort.

Immune System Support

Ensure up-to-date parasite and disease control to bolster their immune system.


Encourage regular, gentle exercise with interactive toys to promote joint health.

Diet and Nutrition

Discuss dietary changes with our vet to meet evolving nutritional needs, preventing weight gain or loss.

Mental Health

Stimulate your pet’s brain with interactive toys and a diet rich in antioxidants, supporting mental sharpness.

Increase Veterinarian Care for Your Geriatric Pet

Regular vet checkups every six months become crucial for senior pets, allowing early detection and intervention. Thorough exams, bloodwork, and dental care are essential components of senior pet care, ensuring their well-being throughout their golden years.

Your pet is more than just a pet; they are a treasured family member. At Town and Country Animal Clinic, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to help your senior pet lead a fulfilling and healthy life. Schedule an appointment with our experienced veterinary team to discuss the best health plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs. We are here to support you and your beloved companion at every stage of their life.

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