Care of the Senior Pet - CPD Certified

Expert Animal Training | Internationally Accredited | Certificate Included | Lifetime Access

Holly and Hugo


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Online, self-paced
30 hours
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Lifetime access
No formal qualification
30 CPD hours / points
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price

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“Care of the Senior Pet” is an invaluable guide for the concerned pet parent who wishes their senior dog or cat to get the most out of life.

This course is all about keeping your pet healthy, happy, and active into their senior years. It gives you an understanding of the ageing process in cats and dogs, and practical tips on how to give them a comfortable, stimulating, and enjoyable old age so they stay fitter for longer.

You’ll learn coping strategies for pets with disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and loss of mental ability. It alerts you to the special needs of senior pets in areas such as diet, exercise, grooming, and healthcare.

The course includes a module on pain management, arthritis, and adapting the home to help the older pet with mobility problems.

Old dogs and old cats are more prone to health problems and this course helps you understand the signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options. But “Care of the Senior Pet” doesn’t shy away from tackling important issues such as judging quality of life and knowing when to say that final goodbye.


30 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Animals can be considered senior when they’re 7. Understand the changing needs of older animals so they get the care they deserve

Did you realize some dog breeds are considered senior when they’re just 6? Many other cats and dogs start to experience senior moments when they’re 7 or 8. Just like us, their needs change as they get older. Their bones stiffen. They get different health problems. They may become forgetful and slower.

The needs of older animals are different to an adult animal. Pets are prone to health problems as they get older. They could be at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, incontinence or heart disease for example. They could be less mobile. Slow down. Or less keen to go for long walks.

You can learn to spot the signs that your pet is slowing down and help them in the best way you can.


MODULE 1: How Old is Old?

  • 1.1 Introduction to Ageing
  • 1.2 Pet to Human Years
  • 1.3 The Ageing Dog
  • 1.4 The Ageing Cat
  • 1.5 Staying Healthy for Longer
  • 1.6 Signs Your Pet Should See the Vet

MODULE 2: Behavioral Changes in Senior Pets

  • 2.1 Mental vs Physical Problems
  • 2.2 Senior Moments
  • 2.3 Changes in the Senses
  • 2.4 Mental Stimulation
  • 2.5 Help a Grieving Pet
  • 2.6 Introducing a New Pet

MODULE 3: Special Considerations for Mature Pets

  • 3.1 Giving Drugs to Older Pets
  • 3.2 Reducing Anesthesia Risks
  • 3.3 Coat Care
  • 3.4 Dental Problems
  • 3.5 Diet and Senior Pet

MODULE 4: Mobility and Pain Issues

  • 4.1 Conditions Causing Pain
  • 4.2 Signs of Pain
  • 4.3 Nutraceuticals
  • 4.4 Physical Therapy
  • 4.5 Treating Pain
  • 4.6 Environment Changes

MODULE 5: Health Problems of Senior Pets

  • 5.1 Cancer
  • 5.2 Cushing’s
  • 5.3 Diabetes
  • 5.4 Heart Disease
  • 5.5 High Blood Pressure
  • 5.6 Hypothyroidism
  • 5.7 Hyperthyroidism
  • 5.8 Incontinence
  • 5.9 Kidney Disease
  • 5.10 IBD
  • 5.11 Prostate Disease

MODULE 6: Saying Goodbye

  • 6.1 Planning Ahead
  • 6.2 Knowing when it’s Time
  • 6.3 Quality of Life Scale
  • 6.4 Hospice Care
  • 6.5 What Happens at the End?
  • 6.6 Coping with Loss
  • 6.7 Links to Grief Counselling Organizations for Pet Parents


About Holly and Hugo:

All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES). Courses are written strictly by veterinarians and experts in the field. We have educated 50,000+ students from 87 countries with consistently great satisfaction rate exceeding 90%.

Our courses are available 24/7 from a PC, laptop/tablet or mobile device. You are supported by our friendly customer service team via email, phone, and our 24/7 Help Center.

Holly & Hugo believe in interactive education. Out students participate in free, live Q&A webinars with animal practitioners. Also, the veterinary team responds to your training, behavioral, and health queries via the blog, regularly updated with detailed posts. We pride ourselves on listening to your feedback, and acting on suggestions for courses and content.

Modular learning with multiple choice examinations, reinforces what you learn. Access to webinar replays with over 80 common pet problems answered (new topics added every month). On successful completion of a course each student receives a PDF Certificate of Completion (included in course price).

Who is this course for?

Written for owners and pet professionals, each Holly & Hugo course is fully supported with optional eBooks to supplement your learning.

This course is essential if you are:

  • The pet parent of an ageing cat or dog who wishes to plan ahead for an active old age
  • An owner who wants to keep their older pet fitter for longer
  • A pet parent struggling to cope with a senior pet’s needs, such as senile behavior
  • An owner wishing to improve their older pet’s quality of life and keep them comfortable
  • Owners who want to better understand their pet’s age-related health problems
  • Those struggling to come to terms with knowing when it’s time to say a final goodbye


No previous experience required.

Fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices.

All tests are online and already included in the price.

Career path

  • Care of the Senior Pet is suitable for all pet parents who want to care for their animals as best as they can when they get older
  • Anyone who works with pets so they can understand the ageing process
  • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals
  • Start your own Animal Care business

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Joanna asked:

Are there any additional charges? Is the certificate includedin the £10?


There are no additional charges. All study materials, online exams and pdf certificate confirming course completion are already included. You will also have the option to order a hardcopy of the ICOES certificate for an additional posting fee.

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