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Senior Care for Pets

As your furry friend ages, their care needs to grow to meet their needs. As a senior pet, you’ll need to make adjustments to their care plan, like adjusting their diet, medications, activity level etc. Our veterinary team is happy to discuss what these changes might look like for you and your pet. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 204.488.1843.

How does my pet’s needs change as they age?

Your once active pet might spend a longer time walking short distances. Or you might notice your furry friend is now hesitant to climb the stairs or avoids them altogether. Advancements in medicine and pet care mean our furry family members are living longer than before. Your pet might need to infuse more special foods to support their changing diet and health needs. Depending on any health-related issues they’ve developed, it might also mean more visits with us, including semi-annual veterinary visits.

How is a semi-annual visit different from an annual one?

Since pets age at a faster rate than humans, it’s important to keep up-to-date with any changes in their health. With more frequent visits, our veterinary team is able to pick up on early signs of illness so they can be treated more effectively. The main difference between semi-annual and annual visits your pet might’ve had when they were younger is this exam is more in-depth. This might include a physical exam, bloodwork and dental care.

How can I support my pet as they age?

Our veterinary team will work with you to decide how you can best meet the needs of your senior pet. Support might look like:

  • Incorporating more easily digested foods in their diets
  • Doing exercises that help them maintain their mobility
  • Providing mental stimulation to support good mental health
  • Restructuring your home to improve your pet’s mobility, like removing their bed from hard to access places
  • Spending more quality time indoors