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Fulham Gardens
(08) 8355 5475
(08) 8272 3400
Black Forest
(08) 8351 6066

Pets and their people

Aging Pets

Senior Pet Care in Adelaide

Pets are part of our families, and as such we want to keep them healthy and comfortable for as long as possible. We also want to age with dignity, and we want that for our pets, too. Maintaining the bond between you and your pet is at the heart of our practice.

A comprehensive team approach is required to maximize the care of aging pets. Our practice has a keen appreciation for the problems older animals face and enjoy the complex management that some require. We can't do that without your help as the pet owner, so we need you to know what to look for and how you can help. Just as children rely on parents for their well-being, your aging pet requires more care and attention. We'll ask you for a thorough medical history on a regular basis, recommend appropriate lab work, and establish a baseline for your pet's function and comfort.

Who qualifies as a Senior or Geriatric?

While it varies a bit based on the pet's species and breed, we usually consider cats and dogs as 'Seniors' when they are 7+ years of age, and 'Geriatrics' at 10+ years of age. Giant breed dogs are senior at approximately 5 years of age, and geriatric at 8+.

How is the care of Aging Pets different?

We recommend check ups every six months for aging pets, as their aging process is accelerated compared to that of humans. Because they cannot simply tell us their problems like humans can, we rely on your close observations and lab work to identify problems early-on. And, a lot can change in those six months. Some changes to their environment at home, exercise, play, and nutrition may be indicated. We've developed a survey to help us identify if anything is amiss, and how problems may change over time. You can submit it online



We've developing a wealth of client education resources to help you take care of your pet as they age. There are some general helpers below, and more specific resources for pets diagnosed with chronic diseases and those approaching their twillight years over on our Hospice/End of Life Care page.

Read more on arthritis management here

Read more on living with your blind dog here

Read more on setting up your home to help your pets mobility here

Read more on products that may assist your pets mobility.

Read more on pain medication here

Read more on senior cats here

Read more on toilet training your senior cat here

Senior Vet Care in Adelaide

Contact Us

Fulham Gardens Vet Surgery

441 Tapleys Hill Road, (Cnr Moore Rd)
Fulham Gardens, SA, 5024

Phone: (08) 8355 5475

Mon-Fri: 8am-9pm
Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 10am-4pm

Unley Vet Surgery

36 Unley Road
Unley, SA, 5061

Phone: (08) 8272 3400

Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm
Sat: 8am-9pm
Sun: 8am-1pm

Black Forest Vet Surgery

647 South Road
Black Forest, SA, 5035

Phone: (08) 8351 6066

Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm
Sat: 8am-9pm
Sun: 8am-1pm

All Surgeries are closed on public holidays.





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