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Cats - Seniors
Ageing and your pet's brain - CDS a form of Dementia in pets
More and more dogs and cats are living well into their senior years and just like elderly humans, pets can suffer from a kind of dementia called cognitive dysfunction syndrome, or CDS . CDS is a
Arthritis in cats
Arthritis or osteoarthritis (to give it its proper name) is a rapidly growing area in feline medicine. Cats are very cunning at hiding illness and pain, as this is seen as a sign of weakness and
Hearing problems in older cats
Around the age of 7-11 years some cats will start to show early signs of ageing such as blindess or deafness.These changes can be a sign that there is a serious underlying medical problem (such as kidney disease or diabetes) but can also just be due to the cat getting older.
How do you keep your best friends around as long as possible?
The answer is early diagnosis and treatment which can be achieved by visiting your veterinarian for twice yearly check-ups. Dogs and cats age much faster than we do and as a result, health problems progress much more rapidly.
How do you know if an older pet is unwell?
Observe the early warning signs of age related disease and discuss them with your veterinarian, be on the look out for weight loss or gain, change in appetite, inappropriate urination, confusion, coughing, difficulty moving, lumps or bumps ....
How long do cats live? Ageing and your feline
Cats are living longer than ever. With improvements in nutrition and veterinary medicine including vaccines and therapeutic agents, cats are living to over 15 years of age and in some cases over 20
How much exercise does your senior pet need?
You may need to adjust the frequency and intensity of your daily exercise regime as a pet ages but it is important to maintain a regular exercise program. If your pet doesn't use their muscles, and move freely on a regular basis, they will lose muscle mass and tone.
How to keep your senior pet comfortable
Our pets don’t realise that they are getting old, unlike us their grey beards don’t cause them concern. They don’t understand the reasons why they can’t run as fast anymore or why they can’t race you
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hyperthyroidism is a common disease affecting middle age and older cats. It is caused by an increase in production of thyroid hormones (known as T3 and T4) from enlarged thyroid glands in the cat's neck.
Lumps and bumps on your pet's skin
Although most lumps are harmless it is impossible to tell what sort of lump you are looking at. There are many different things that can cause swellings - bruising or fluid build-up, abscesses, things attached to the skin (eg. small parasites) and, of course, cancers.
Managing pain in pets
Suffering in silence is something we all know too well when it comes to our pets and their pain management. One of the most common issues vets and vet nurses face in clinic, is fur-parents having
Now your pet is a senior, what changes do you need to make?
Tips on things you can do to make your older pet's life easier such as changes to diet, dental care, exercise and environment
Senior cat care - an overview
Old age itself is not a disease but we are aware that certain diseases can be age related. Some of the medical conditions that can affect cats such as kidney and heart disease, diabetes and high
The importance of health checks for your senior pet
While our fur-babies getting older and developing that silver fox beard can be a significantly fulfilling moment in our lives, it is also an important wake-up call.
Things you can do at home to help your older pet
It is also possible to help your pet maintain a comfortable lifestyle by making small changes around the house and being mindful of your pet's needs. Dealing with winter months, making dinner time easy, navigating your home and more...
Tips for keeping your pet warm this winter
The cooler months have well and truly arrived. There is nothing better than getting home, putting on your favourite cosy clothes and sipping on a hot chocolate, but what about your fur babies? We
Tips for making your senior pet more comfortable
Once our furry family members start to experience some trouble in their daily routine, such as running up the stairs, this is when we know that we need to provide some more support. With a few
What should a seniors health check up include?
Older pets need more extensive exams. Your pet's senior visits should include a wellness overview, hands on physical examination, diagnostic tests and in some cases faecal examinations. Find out more
What should you feed your senior pet?
Senior pets require a special diet with fewer calories, less protein and phosphorus. We recommend premium pet foods specifically formulated for senior pets.
When is a pet considered to be a senior?
Pets age much faster than people do, and their rate of ageing 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