As pets age, like us, they are likely to experience changes to their health and lifestyle.
Here is some of the signs we as owners should look out for in our older pets:
- Weight Loss:
As animals get older, they may gradually lose a few pounds. However, if you notice any sudden or significant weight changes, we advise making an appointment for your pet.
Weight loss with a good or even increase in appetite could be a sign of hyperthyroidism, a common condition in senior cats which have an overactive thyroid gland. Rapid weight loss may also be a sign of parasite infestation, or kidney or liver disease.
- Changes in Appetite or Thirst:
If your pet seems constantly ravenous or is drinking more than usual, there could be a number of explanations. Cushing’s disease could be one explanation, a common condition is dogs caused by the body producing too much or the hormone cortisol. Loss of appetite could be related to behavioural issues, as well as kidney disease or blockage in the throat or intestinal track.
- Lumps and Bumps:
Lumps and bumps are not uncommon, especially in dogs, but it is always advised to have them checked by your vet. While it could just be a cyst or infection, it could be something more serious, and early detection is vital for the best outcome for your pet.
- Lethargy and Behavioural Changes:
In their older ages, your pet’s behaviour may change and you may notice them sleeping more in the daytime and less at night, or they may start showing signs of anxiety, vocalising at night or even aggression. These changes can be a sign of hearing loss, an indication of pain (from conditions such as arthritis), or of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). If you notice a change in your pet’s behaviour we recommend making an appointment with your vet.
Milton Keynes Veterinary Group offer free of charge urine testing at time of your pet’s annual check for all animals over 7 years of age.
A clinical exam of your pet can pick up early cases of Osteoarthritis or Dementia, our veterinary surgeon may also advise a blood test if indicated at this clinical exam.
We also offer Senior cat clinics at our Stoke Road branch with one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses to check your cat’s blood pressure to monitor for any signs of Hypertension, click here to find out more here about High Blood Pressure in cats
If you have any concerns regarding your pet or you have noticed one of the above signs, please contact our team on 01908 397777 to arrange an appointment for your pet.