As our pets age, they will almost inevitably experience some loss of eyesight and hearing. Before picking up your cat or patting your dog, make sure the animal is aware of your presence. If your pet hesitates to go down the stairs, switch on a light and give your animal a helping hand. Accidents happen so fast! Make your pet’s environment safe: avoid rearranging the furniture or making other confusing changes in its surroundings.
Coughing or breathlessness may worry you. They can be signs of various illnesses. And should probably be investigated with a full physical exam as well as lung X-rays. If your pet trembles constantly, or if it has seizures or loses consciousness, you should immediately consult your veterinarian.
Obesity is not always directly related to aging, but it can significantly reduce your pet’s life expectancy. It can predispose your pet to osteoarthritis and other illnesses (diabetes, coughing, respiratory issues, etc.). Any significant and unexplained weight gain or weight loss is also a good reason to consult your animal health expert.
The appearance of lumps on or under the skin must also be reported to your veterinarian. Cancer is the cause of 45% of deaths in dogs over the age of 10. Early diagnosis is therefore essential to providing your pet with the best treatment.