Geriatric Veterinary Care in Saskatoon

In order to help your pet maintain a good quality of life as they continue to age, your senior pet will require regularly scheduled routine preventive care and early diagnosis to ensure their health throughout their golden years.

Keeping Pets Healthy

When is your pet considered a geriatric pet? Generally, cats and small dogs are considered seniors at 9 years old and geriatric at 14 years. Medium to large-breed dogs are seniors at 6 years old and geriatric at 10 years.

Understanding the aging process for cats and dogs enables our veterinarians to help owners anticipate certain health changes in their pets. Common age-related health concerns include arthritis, which limits mobility, incontinence, cognitive dysfunction, and other issues. Our goal with geriatric care is to smooth your pet's transition into old age and manage the conditions they might develop during this time.

Signs of Aging 

While your pet may seem young at heart, there are some signs that may indicate that your pet is aging. Some of these changes may include:

  • Having less energy

  • A change in habits (including play preferences, eating, drinking, or grooming)

  • Dental problems or bad breath

  • Longer and more frequent naps

  • Weight loss (in particular muscle loss)

  • A change in coat texture and colour

  • Changing senses (hearing, vision, taste, or smell)

  • Altered behaviours such as house soiling, abnormal sleep cycle, pacing, vocalizing

If you observe these or other signs in your pet, it may be time to consult your veterinarian and make some changes in your pet’s life.

How can I care for my senior pet? 

Senior pets need different care to adults and puppies or kittens. It is strongly recommended that you work with a veterinarian to figure out the type of care that your senior pet needs. Our team can create a plan for your senior pet that includes regular wellness examinations. Through regular exams, our veterinarians can recommend special nutritional plans, exercise routine, and accommodations that your pet may need. Our clinic  can also provide treatment for conditions associated with aging.