Dogs and cats generally reach their senior stage of life at 7 years old. Because senior pets are more prone to illness, infection and injury, early detection becomes even more important. Our goal with senior pet wellness is to minimize discomfort and any disease-related symptoms so your best friend can enjoy the best life possible.
Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment for your senior pet.
Dog Years VS Human Years
7 dog years = 44 – 56 years
10 dog years = 56 – 78 years
15 dog years = 76 – 115 years
20 dog years = 96 – 120 years
Cat Years VS Human Years
7 cat years = 54 years
10 cat years = 63 years
15 cat years = 78 years
20 cat years = 97 years
At Montgomery Veterinary Associates, we recommend seeing your senior pet 1-2 times a year (depending on their condition) to help them stay fit and healthy. We recommend comprehensive examinations, including blood work and fecal testing, to evaluate their condition. X-rays may also be necessary if your pet has arthritis or heart disease.
We can also aid in the management of chronic diseases such as:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Certain types of cancer
How We Can Improve Your Senior Pet’s Quality of Life
Our doctors in Montgomery, AL are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions in senior pets, including conditions associated with cognitive dysfunction. We can improve your pet’s quality of life by:
- Preventing and reducing pain
- Recommending age-appropriate nutrition and exercise for your pet
- Making suggestions for modifying your pet’s environment to increase their safety and comfort
- MOBILITY AIDS – Senior dogs and cats do not get around as easily as younger pets. To aid your pet, you can strategically place ramps and non-slip runners around your home. This can reduce your pet’s chances of getting injured and gives them continued access to different areas in the house.
- EXERCISE – Senior pets need exercise too, as it keeps them mobile and prevents stiff joints. Exercise also keeps weight gain at bay.
- COMFORTABLE BEDDING – Dogs and cats can get achy joints and bones just like humans to when they get older. Make sure your pet has soft, thick, comfortable bedding that supports their bones and joints.
- A HEALTHY DIET – When your pet reaches the senior stage, their diet will need to be tailored to meet their changing needs. A diet meant for a younger pet could cause your senior pet to gain weight.
- CAREFUL MONITORING – Be observant of your pet’s daily habits, behaviors, and appearance. If you see any changes in how your pet eats, eliminates, sleeps, or socializes, let us know!