To celebrate senior month here at Parkgate Animal Hospital, here are some fun facts to know about your senior pets!
1. Little dogs and cats are typically considered a senior at the age of 7. Larger dogs are usually considered a senior when they’re 5 or 6 years old, though it is different for each individual pet.
2. A majority of pet owners say that adopting senior pets is better than raising puppies or kittens. When you adopt an older dog or cat, they are usually potty-trained and have developed their personalities, so you know the temperament of the dog or cat you’re adopting. Also, a lot less work if you’ve got a busy schedule or are an independent person!
3. Your pet’s weight can have a large impact on your pet’s health. Overweight pets or a pet that has had sudden weight loss is cause for concern and you should schedule an appointment to see us here at Parkgate Animal Hospital.
4. There are ‘orthopedic’ beds available at many pet supply stores to make your senior pet as comfortable as possible while they sleep or take that sunny afternoon nap we wish we could take with them!
5. Senior pets are typically the last to be adopted at shelters, if at all. When you adopt a senior pet, you are saving their life, and their gratitude shows in all the love they give you every day. Adopt yours today!
6. Usually, senior dogs and cats make great napping buddies, as mentioned above. My dog loves sleeping throughout the day now, and if I’m home with her, it feels great after a long day to cuddle up for a quick furry nap.
7. Signs of aging in cats may look like dry fur, flaky skin, and a thinning coat. They may move more slowly, not hear quite as well and may feel a little bonier when you pick them up.
8. Signs of aging in dogs may include weight gain, loss of hearing, less active than they used to be, and cloudy eyes.
9. An old dog can learn new tricks! Senior pets are teachable, contrary to popular belief.
To book an appointment, please give us a call at 604-929-1863, or come on in to see us in the Seymour/Deep Cove area of North Vancouver!