Senior Care for Pets

Senior pets need special care that changes with them as their body ages. Our veterinary care team has years of experience restructuring care and treatment plans for loyal companions in their golden age. We can guide you on what to expect as your furry friend begins to experience emotional, cognitive and physical changes. Our goal is to make this transition seamless for you and your family while keeping your loyal companion as healthy as possible.

When is my pet considered a senior?

In general, we consider pets 8 years and older to be seniors. This doesn’t sound like a lot in human years but pets age three times as fast as humans. You may see the signs of aging earlier or later due to your pet’s breed and size. For instance, bigger breed dogs show signs faster than smaller ones. To learn more about the seniority of your pet contact our veterinarians at 403.637.3928.

What are the signs of aging?

1. Loss of appetite
2. Lumps and bumps on their body
3. Less energy
4. Weight loss or gain
5. Greying around the face
6. Hearing problems
7. Increase/decrease in urinating or drinking

What are common illnesses that affect senior pets?

As your pet ages, they may experience health issues they would not normally have in their youth. This is why it is important to have senior pets come in twice each year to catch health conditions early. At their age, any illness they develop poses a serious threat to their life. Common illnesses we see in senior pets include:

  • Cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Arthritis
  • Hormone disorder
  • Kidney and liver problems

  • Last updated: November 19, 2021

    We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all our clients that have been so patient with us during the current pandemic situation. We are happy to announce that we are open again!

    We are kindly asking that our clients still wear a mask when they are in the building to protect themselves and our staff. Our waiting room will be limited to one client at a time. All our staff will also still be wearing their masks and taking care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces and sanitize in between clients and patients as we have always done.

    If you are uncomfortable entering the clinic, please do not hesitate to call and we are happy to serve you and your pet curbside. As always cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash for safety and liability reasons.

    We know that these have been trying times for everyone, but rest assured your pet is still receiving the highest quality of care that you have always known from our veterinarians and staff members.

    If there are any concerns or special circumstances, please feel free to discuss this with our staff and we can take it into consideration.

    - Your dedicated team at Cremona Veterinary Clinic