Mitcham Pet Hospital

Phone: 03 9874 6151

Address: 599 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham VIC 3132 Map

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Senior Stars

Dogs and cats enter their senior years at 7-8 years of age (5-6 years for large and giant breed dogs). It is similar to humans entering their 50s. In this stage of life, their physical, nutritional and mental needs do change. As they age, they become more susceptible to potential physical and mental conditions and age related diseases. 

Health care in their senior years is aimed towards having a longer, healthy, happy life. With this in mind, emphasis is placed on early detection and preventative care. As pets age faster than us humans, having a health check once a year is equivalent to us having a health check every 7 years. Therefore we recommend frequent health checks of every 6 months in order to pick up on any health issues as early as possible. There are many conditions that diagnosed and treated early can be cured or successfully managed. 

Diseases that are more common in senior pets are: cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, dental disease, dementia, osteoarthritis, diabetes, obesity. We look out for early signs that can indicate likelihood of these diseases manifesting. Some of the signs are:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Decrease in activity level or exercise intolerance
  • Reduced mobility
  • Behaviour changes
  • Difficulty chewing

We have a senior health check list which is very helpful for owners to note down any changes that they have noticed in their senior pet prior to coming in for a senior health check.  

For more information, talk to a Mitcham Pet Hospital staff member today.



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