Questions tagged [senior-pet]

Specific needs of our senior companions and ways to improve their overall well-being and health.

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Best diets for senior cats (UK)

I’m new to the forums! I currently own a male 11-13 year old cat (his age is estimated as he is a rescue). We feed him on Purina Gourmet Fancy Feast, I wondered if there were better healthier options ...
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Introducing a deaf, almost completely blind elderly cat to our younger cats

The backstory here is someone moved and left their 18 year old, deaf and almost completely blind cat behind, which my in-laws took in, but since they are both old and fragile, they can't really care ...
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How can I bring a Very anxious cat to see the vet? [duplicate]

My furry friend is a 17 yr old indoor cat & apart from when she was neutered many many moons ago (16 and a half yrs precisely) she has never been to vets or put in a cat carrier. She has never ...
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Bottle Feeding A (Smart) Elderly Dog

I am trying to devise a plan to get a beloved treat-motivated female dog to drink from a baby/puppy/whatever bottle, and I only found articles on the topic of bottle feeding puppies (no information ...
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Helping an old betta with fin holes

I’ve had my betta for two years. He was full grown when I got him so I’m not sure how old he is. He’s got pretty classic signs of age - humped back, difficulty attacking food accurately, not active at ...
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Can you water down wet food to trick a cat to drink more food? [duplicate]

I had a 15 year old Maine Coon with severe kidney problems. With my current cat, who is a domestic short hair of seven years, I don't want him to suffer kidney problems when he is older. However, he ...
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How frequently does a cat need to sneeze before it might indicate a health problem?

My 10 year-old cat had some discharge in both eyes a week ago, and was lethargic and uninterested in food, so I brought him into the vet. I was told he seemed to be in good health, but they ...
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Senior dog feeling down and shaking

My dog is a female chihuahua, around over 10 years old (I found her on the street and don't know exact age). For the past 4 weeks, she progressively started to shake a little as if she was cold, but ...
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Trying to get an elderly dog to eat

I have a very elderly dog (border collie mix), who is on her last legs. She is getting pretty weak, lost 20% or more of body weight, doesn't seem to have a whole lot of joy in life, but doesn't seem ...
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Is my betta fish aging or is he sick?

My betta fish, named Lushi, has been progressively getting worse for the past few months. I bought him in September, 2019 (9 months ago) from Petco -- although he seemed fully grown when I bought him, ...
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Cat with kidney disease

My cat Jack, aged 11, had skin condition about April 1st. Mange was diagnosed and treated over three week period. It seemed fine and then he fell ill again. Vet thought it was respiratory infection ...
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Best senior horse feed for post-colic surgery?

My horse has become picky post-colic surgery with his feed - Purina Senior Equine specifically. Luckily, we have been able to keep his weight on despite not being to eat hay because of his impaction. ...
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Cat vomiting every day

My cat (approximately 16 years old, short hair, no specific breed, indoor cat) has been vomiting pretty much every day (sometimes multiple times) for almost a month. She had a scare with her kidneys ...
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How to help my dog with his "fear" of my baby

tl/dr: My dog seems spooked by my baby crawling around the house. The dog runs away anytime the baby gets even remotely close to him. We make sure that the baby never actually bother's the dog, but ...
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Training middle-aged cat to excrete outside

Summary: ~10-year-old female has been venturing outside for several months, after (per unverified claim) having been an indoor-only cat. She will come inside to excrete (urinate, defecate), then go ...
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How to stop my cat from urinating on the new carpet?

My kitty is 12 years old. He's indoor/outdoor. We moved a couple months ago and now either the door is left open so he can come and go freely, or he's trapped inside. He hasn't tried to get me to open ...
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Roomba robot vacuum for dealing with cat hair?

Our cats shed lots of hair, so I spend a significant amount of time with a broom just picking up hair. This literally destroys my back. So I was thinking of buying one of those robot vacuums that ...
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Is my cat healthy, ill, or just getting older?

My cat is 5 years old. She is a very friendly cat, playful, and seems very normal, but she is very skinny. She eats and drinks regularly, goes to the bathroom normally, and gets plenty of fresh air. ...
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Should I carry my elderly cocker spaniel out of the car?

I own a 13 year old cocker spaniel. I like to drive him around in my 2002 Toyota highlander. I'm worried though, because he has to jump about 2-3 feet down whenever we get out. I think this may damage ...
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My cat has lost his teeth and can't keep food in his mouth

My cat is a senior cat, and has lost most of his teeth. He really wants to eat, but the food just falls out, then he gets so frustrated that he just stops trying. I have to cook for this cat and give ...
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Feeding Geriatric Cat with Hyperthyroidism and Cancer

My sweet girl is nearing 17 and has been suffering with hyperthyroidism for several years. Just last year she was also diagnosed with terminal small cell lymphoma in her bowel. She has previously ...
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Long-haired cat has poop caked on butt [duplicate]

I have a 10 year old long-haired cat and for the very first time. Now it is an absolute mess! She Will NOT tolerate a bath. I've always had dogs. So this is new to me. PLEASE HELP!
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Is there a slope of ramps that a cat will walk down, instead of jumping down from a high landing?

Older cats gain bone and arthritis problems that are exacerbated by hard landings after a jump. We have an older cat in this place, and want to give them the best of both worlds: a multi-stage ...
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Do leg braces help with older dog ACL tears?

I have a fourteen-year-old Weimaraner. He's mentally doing very well and still loves to play. He recently stopped using one of his legs. He had been slightly limping on it for a while, but one day he ...
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My dog is old and dying, how do I convince him not to be scared of me?

My dog is now 19 years old and on his last legs; completely deaf, nearly entirely blind (cataracts so bad you can see them) and occasional unsteadiness when walking, neither I nor his vet have noticed ...
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Cat suddenly became paralyzed

I brought my 18 year-old cat to the vet because she was getting a little thin. She was otherwise just as affectionate, playful and voracious as she had always been. The vet diagnosed her with ...
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My German Shepherd has arthritis, how can I get her down the steps?

My parents have a 10-year-old female German Shepherd that has hip arthritis, which is especially bad on one side. She limps pretty much everywhere, and even has trouble getting up off the floor. The ...
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How can I encourage curiosity in an old bird?

A year ago, I adopted a conure that had lived with her previous owners for 19 years, her whole life. They apparently did not put much effort into hand taming her, as she shies away from most attempts ...
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My (older) dog is driving my roomate/neighbors crazy

So I have a little poodle mix named Jaxon, he's about 14 years old and weighs about 8 pounds. I've had him since he was about 2 and a half. He's always been a very laid back dog, likes to be around ...
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Is 12 too old for a cat to move to Australia?

We want to move our 12-year-old cat from Korea to Australia. A year and a half ago, our vet said our cat was healthy, and the person looking after her in Korea says our cat is still healthy. But my ...
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Local cat attacks my dog whilst walking, what should I do?

A local cat has attacked my dog 4 times now. The attacks are unprovoked (my dog doesn't growl or bark or bother them at all) and my dog loves cats. One of the attacks had the cat chasing me down the ...
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Why are my old cat's pupils always dilated?

My cat is probably around 25 years old. She still has decent vision, hearing, jumps up onto my chair, no apparent arthritis or any other health issues. The vet said she's fine. The only odd thing is ...
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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

So I've been having some issues with my 16 years old cat peeing on the floor around her litter and it has been suggested that she might be having arthritis problems. Hence my question, Are there ...
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Why did my dog's ears start to flop?

I have this dog who has standing ears, and now at almost 10 years old I just noticed the other ear did not have that structural support to stand up anymore. Is there something wrong with the dog or is ...
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How to get my younger dog to stop pestering my older dog?

My older dog is an overly-tolerant purebred Newfoundland(True). She and my younger dog have lived together in the same house since we adopted the younger one at 5 months old. The Newfie is seven years ...
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What might be a typical stomach ulcer healing process and timeline?

Sadly, my cat (11 years old, male neutered) was recently diagnosed with moderate inflammation of his intestines (IBD) and a stomach ulcer. It explains his occasional vomiting over the last couple of ...
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What is a good cat food for free-feeding an older cat who is not stomaching dry food lately?

I have a neutered male cat who is in his 11th year now, and as of this year has had trouble keeping his usual dry food down (same stuff he's been eating for years), vomiting it up a couple times per ...
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How can I help a arthritic cat who is peeing outside of the box?

My 14 year old cat was diagnosed with arthritis last August over the pelvic area and spine. Unfortunately for the past month he has been peeing all over the place. I have tried all sorts of things to ...
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My dog seems to be in pain

I have a golden retriever yellow lab that is around 11-12 years old. She seems to have been in pain and discomfort for the past few days. We took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with colitis ...
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My parrot's feathers aren't growing back

I have a ten year old female ringneck parrot. Last year she had lead poisoning and plucked out most of her feathers. Almost all her feathers have grown back now, but there are still areas on her chest ...
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Older female cat and male kitten, playful => bad reaction

We got our first rescue cat 9 months ago. The center said Dot was 5--she's quite small. However, different vets have said she's 8 or even 10. Had we known she was 10, we would probably have had second ...
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What can I do for an older dog (13 years) who starts barking early in the morning /

I have a 13 year old female Corgi who started barking at 6:00AM but now the time that she barks is getting closer to 5:00AM. She has to sleep away from us in my laundry room that I have lined with ...
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Is letting my mostly blind dog sniff everything I'm holding teasing her?

The family Border collie is pushing 14 and her vision has deteriorated quickly. Ever since her vision got bad, she has had the tendency to try to sniff whatever anyone is holding when they come over ...
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How do I choose an Omega-3 supplement for an elderly dog?

I've read that it is recommended to give Omega-3 to elderly dogs (especially ones with arthritis) (for example, here). My dog is a 15 years old female medium sized, mixed breed (probably mostly ...
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My cat is 13 years old and likes to sit and doze off sitting in the litter

My 13 year old cat has trouble walking sometimes, and she is going blind. Her eyes are always watering, and she's not running around or anything because of her age. She just started to sit and doze ...
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19-year-old cat wails quite loudly

Our 19-year-old cat Zoë sometimes wails quite loudly; it sounds just as if she were being tortured but there is no indication of any distress -- she might be walking across the room and give a wail as ...
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How much activity is too much for my older dog?

We recently adopted an "8-year-old" dog and when we took him to our vet, he said the dog is probably closer to 10 years old and is most likely a border collie/retriever/lab mix. We were aware of ...
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How to comfort and older dog with vestibular disease

Yesterday my 12+ year old mixed breed dog was diagnosed with vestibular disease. Before going so far as to get an expensive cat scan her vet has prescribed Prednisone (steroids) and Primor (...
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What are the risks to metacam with a cat?

My cat Ginger was recently diagnosed with arthritis. The vet gave us metacam for her, but I read on the web that the FDA has a black box warning to not give it to cats. What are the risks and/or ...
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How can I help an older cat with arthritis?

Ginger is an 11 year old spayed female cat who is slightly overweight (and has been more severely overweight previously so still carries the extra skin). She's recently been walking stiffly around ...