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Signs of Pet Ageing

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Signs of Pet Ageing

Your pet may still behave like a puppy or kitten and look like a youngster, but after their 7th birthday* cats and dogs enter their senior years, the equivalent in human terms of entering your 50’s.

After the age of 7 years, the nutritional and physical needs of pets change, and the feeding and exercise routines you’ve been using may no longer be appropriate. As cats and dogs get older, they are at increased risk for certain age-related disorders, and should receive more frequent veterinary check-ups.1

If your pet is over 7, or over 5 for large and giant dog breeds, you should be aware of potential physical and mental changes associated with this stage of life.1 The good news is that the earlier these age-related diseases are detected, the better the chances of you and your vet managing them successfully.

* 5 years for large and giant breed dogs – dogs over 25kg bodyweight.

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Diseases that become more common as dogs age:

Cancer, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Dementia, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Dental Disease, Skin Disease, Obesity

Signs to look out for include:
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Increased drinking and/or urinating
  • Reduced activity and lower exercise tolerance
  • Reduced appetite
  • Reduced sense of smell, hearing loss, poor vision
  • Decreased playfulness and decreased agility
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Poor digestion and digestive upsets
  • Brittle nails, poor coat
  • Loose skin/loss of muscle mass
  • Behavioural changes, including less human interaction, confusion and disorientation, loss of toilet training and disrupted sleep/wake patterns
Diseases that become more common as cats age:

Cancer, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Urinary Disease, Dental Disease, Behavioural and Neurological Diseases, Skin Disease

Signs to look out for include:
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reduced activity and exercise
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination and/or accidents outside the litter tray
  • Decreased agility
  • Poor digestion and digestive upsets
  • Poor grooming
  • Loose skin/loss of muscle mass
  • Behavioural changes: irritability, less human interaction, confusion and decreased playfulness