Senior Pet Care FAQs

Senior pets are some of the most loving pets around. Many have settled down and have a greater desire for cuddling. Growing old also comes with its disadvantages. As the body accumulates more and more wear and tear, certain health and wellness risks develop. The best way to keep your senior pet living the best, healthiest, and longest life possible is by regularly taking him to see your local Fuquay Varina veterinarian at Hilltop Animal Hospital to undergo physical checkups and get personal questions like an ideal diet and exercise regimen down.


While a personal vet visit at your Fuquay Varina animal hospital is the best way to get individual treatment, you might also have some general questions about senior pet care that can help you keep your pet healthy. The following is a look at some of the most common questions we get at our veterinary office when it comes to senior pet care:

  • How old does a senior pet have to be to be called a senior pet? This really will depend on the type of pet you have. For example, larger dogs typically have a shorter lifespan and are thus seniors at around age 8, while smaller dogs are seniors at around age 11. Cats also are considered senior at age 11. 
  • What type of ailments should I be on the lookout for my senior pet? There are a number of ailments that a senior pet may develop, but some of the most common, across cats and dogs, are diabetes, hypertension, and an organ (heart, liver, or kidney) disease. Certain breeds may also be susceptible to developing neurological issues like dementia.
  • Are there any outward signs of a pet becoming a senior? As your pets age, their metabolisms slow down, which will typically lead to them either gaining more weight or eating less. They may also develop some type of joint pain and may be less inclined to run or jump. Never force senior pets to exert more movement (like jumping) than they are comfortable with. Vision and hearing loss may also occur and will impact their behavior, or how they move around the house and yard.

Contact Us to Learn More about the Health of Your Senior Pet

For more information about senior pet care and to get the answers to your specific pet care needs, give us a call at Hilltop Animal Hospital. We advise that all senior pets undergo a physical veterinary check-up twice a year rather than once a year to stay alert of developing diseases and other issues. 


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