Best Care Pet Hospital

Veterinary Senior Pet Care in Sioux Falls, SD

As our beloved pets age, their needs change and they require more specialized care. Just like humans, senior pets need extra attention and care to ensure they live a happy and healthy life, and our Sioux Falls, SD veterinary team is here to help!

When Is My Dog or Cat Considered a Senior?

The age at which a dog or cat is considered a senior can vary depending on their breed and size. Generally, smaller breeds tend to have a longer lifespan and are considered seniors at around 7-8 years old, while larger breeds may be considered seniors at 5-6 years old.

For cats, the average age for senior status is around 7 years old. It is important to note, however, that every pet is unique and may age differently. It is best to consult with our veterinarians to determine when your pet should be considered a senior.

Why Is Senior Pet Care Important?

As pets age, they become more susceptible to health issues and may require more frequent visits to the vet. Senior pet care is crucial in maintaining their overall health and quality of life. Here are some reasons why senior pet care is important:

Early detection of health issues - Regular check-ups and screenings can help detect health issues early on, allowing for prompt treatment and management. This is especially important for senior pets as they may be more prone to certain health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Improved quality of life - With proper care and attention, senior pets can continue to live a happy and comfortable life. Regular visits to the vet, proper nutrition, and exercise can help improve their overall well-being and keep them active and engaged.

Prevention of age-related issues - Senior pets may experience age-related issues such as joint pain, dental problems, and vision or hearing loss. With proper care and preventive measures, these issues can be managed and even prevented, allowing your pet to live a longer and healthier life.

Signs of Aging in Pets

As our pets age, they may start to show signs of aging. It is important to be aware of these signs so that you can provide the necessary care and attention to your senior pet. Here are some common signs of aging in pets:

Changes in Behavior - Senior pets may become less active and may sleep more than usual. They may also become less interested in playing or going for walks. These changes in behavior can be a sign of age-related issues such as joint pain or arthritis.

Changes in Appetite - As pets age, their metabolism may slow down, and they may require fewer calories. However, it is important to monitor their appetite and make sure they are still eating enough to maintain a healthy weight. Changes in appetite can also be a sign of dental issues or other health problems.

Changes in Appearance - Senior pets may start to develop gray hair, especially around their muzzle and face. They may also experience hair loss or changes in their coat's texture. These changes are a normal part of aging, but it is important to monitor any significant changes in your pet's appearance.

Arthritis in Senior Pets

Arthritis is a common condition in senior pets, especially in dogs. It is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. Some common signs of arthritis in pets include difficulty getting up, limping, and reluctance to play or go for walks.

If you suspect your pet may have arthritis, it is important to consult with our veterinary team. They may recommend a treatment plan that includes medication, supplements, and physical therapy to help manage the pain and improve your pet's mobility.

Senior Pets and Dental Care

Dental care is crucial for pets of all ages and becomes even more important as they age. Senior pets may be more prone to dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. These issues can cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult for your pet to eat and enjoy their food.

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help prevent these issues and keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. We can also recommend dental treats or a special diet to help maintain your pet's dental health.

Providing the Best Care for My Senior Pet

Here are some tips to help you provide the best care for your senior pet:

Regular Veterinary Visits - Regular check-ups and screenings are crucial for senior pets. Our veterinarians can help detect any health issues early on and provide the necessary treatment and management.

Proper Nutrition - As pets age, their nutritional needs may change. It is important to consult with our veterinary team to determine the best diet for your senior pet. We may recommend a diet that is lower in calories and higher in protein to help maintain muscle mass and support their overall health.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation - While senior pets may not be as active as they once were, it is still important to provide them with regular exercise and mental stimulation. This can include short walks, gentle playtime, and puzzle toys to keep their minds active.

Comfortable Living Environment - As pets age, they may have difficulty getting around and may require a more comfortable living environment. Consider providing them with a soft bed or a ramp to help them get on and off furniture. You may also need to make some adjustments to your home to make it more accessible for your senior pet.

Join the Best Care Pet Hospital Family Today!

We are located on the east side of Sioux Falls, right off I-229. You'll find us near the corner of E 10th Street and Cliff avenue, right across the street from the Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center.

Phone: 605-334-2412

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