It is important to remember, pets age much faster than people do, and their rate of aging depends not only on the species type but also on the size of the breed. Cats are generally less than 10kg and are considered senior citizens after the age of 8. Dog breeds, however, display a wide variety of weights. The greater the weight of the breed, the sooner they reach their golden years. The table below gives a good indication of the human to pet age relationship as it has been proven that the old thought of one human year to 7 pets’ years is not accurate when comparing physiological changes.
As dogs and cats age much faster than we do, health problems progress much more rapidly. Australian pets are living longer than ever, and are increasingly suffering from many of the same chronic diseases that affect humans such as:
- Kidney failure
- Dental disease
- Liver and intestinal disorders
- Behavioural issues relating to senility
- Vision problems
Early detection is the key, and fortunately there are many ways we can treat these conditions and improve the quality of your pet’s life. Observe your pet for the EARLY WARNING SIGNS of aging and age-related diseases:
- Change in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Loss of housetraining
- Difficulty rising, walking or climbing stairs
- Confusion or disorientation
- Persistent cough
- New lumps or bumps
- Bad breath, plaque on teeth, or bleeding gums
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Change in sleep patterns
- Ear odors, redness, scratching, or head shaking
- Excessive drinking and/or urination
It is common to assume these signs are a normal part of the aging process; however, these symptoms may indicate underlying age-related disease.
We are encouraging clients with older pets to join our “Senior Feline” and “Senior Canine” Clubs. This club is a cost effective way of providing the best of care for your older pets. The annual fee for the Senior Club membership includes 2 health checkups per year, the annual vaccination using the complete cover of a C5 for dogs and an F4 for cats, annual blood screening to check organ function and protein levels as well as Urinalysis. It also provides a 5% discount on all Advance Senior, Hills B/D (Brain Diet) or Hills J/D (Joint mobility Diet) and a discount of 10% on all grooming services.
This represents a minimum saving of $50 per year for our clients with senior pets. There is also an immeasurable saving on the early detection and treatment of aging related health problems. For more information please contact us.