Senior pets are more prone to illnesses.

You might not realise it but dogs and cats are considered senior citizens when they reach 7 years of age. Our furry senior friends require some extra special attention to help keep them happy and healthy.

Here are a few of our top tips for senior care:

 REGULAR HEALTH CHECKS 

A regular health check is absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (which is equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check up at least once a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis.

 WATCH FOR THE SIGNS 

Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don't be tempted to just put these changes down to 'getting old'.

 DIET 

Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask a Pet Doctors team member for a specific diet recommendation.

 LUMPS & BUMPS 

It's a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with Pet Doctors as soon as possible.

It is always a good idea to consult your local vet if you have any concerns about your senior pet.

At Pet Guardians, we sell a range of prescription medications, such as metacam, previcox and fortekor. As with any prescription medication, you will need to have a valid script from a registered vet to purchase our prescription medication online. Contact Pet Guardians today for all your pet needs.