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Senior Pet Care

At PetFirst, we want to care for your pets from puppyhood throughout all nine of their lives.

Unlike some of our competitors, we don't have an upper age restriction for enrollment. We allow dogs and cats ages 8 weeks and older to enroll in our pet insurance plans, making it easier to afford veterinary care for the long haul. Though your premiums may increase as your dog or cat gets older, your pet's coverage will remain the same and never will be reduced or limited due to age.

With a PetFirst Lifetime medical insurance plan, you are insured for any hereditary, congenital or chronic issue that rears its ugly head later in your dog or cats life.  

Behavior Changes In Older Dogs and Cats

Sometimes the first sign of medical trouble is behavior changes. Detecting these changes can be critical in early diagnosis and treatment. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), if you're caring for senior dogs or cats and your pet is showing any of the signs below, it may be an indicator that something else is wrong:
  • Increased reaction to sounds
  • Increased vocalization
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Decreased interaction with humans
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased response to commands
  • Increased aggressive/protective behavior
  • Increased anxiety
  • House soiling
  • Decreased self-hygiene or grooming
  • Repetitive activity
  • Increased wandering
  • Change in sleep cycle


Warning Signs of Diseases in Older Pets

Kidney Disease Urinary Tract Disease Heart Disease
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Decreased or no urination
  • Poor coat
  • Vomiting
  • Sore mouth
  • Increase urination or "accidents" in the house 
  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Weakness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decreased tolerance of exercise
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting

Cancer in Older Dogs and Cats

Cancer is responsible for nearly 50% of deaths of pets older than 10 years of age. So, as your dog or cat gets older, their rate of cancer increases as well. Our plans cover cancer treatments, as well as the diagnostic tests like x-rays, blood tests and biopsies (as long as the cancer isn't showing symptoms or diagnosed prior to the effective date of the policy). Cancer can be expensive, and catching it early can help decrease your treatment costs. 

Top 10 Common Signs of Cancer in Pets

  1. Abnormal swelling that persists or continues to grow
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive mouth odor
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

Review our pet insurance plans to determine what coverage best suits your elderly dog or geriatric cat. Still have questions? Check out our Pet Insurance FAQs for detailed information about our plans and coverage. Then start your free pet insurance quote online to determine which policy will best cover your older cat's or dog's needs.