Do you know what to do to keep your senior pet feeling top notch?
Our pet’s are aging. It’s a fact that we try to avoid, but like it or not, they, like us, are getting older. And like us, our pets experience many physical and mental changes as time goes by. Some changes are easy to see, such as the sprouting of grey hairs where once there was only black or brown or gold . Others changes, however, might be more difficult to detect.
So how do you keep your pet feeling good well into his or her later years? We have a few tips
1. Be patient
Reduced hearing combined with neurological changes can make it hard for your pets to hear your commands or remember all of their training. Be patient and know that they are not doing it on purpose – they just need a little help.
2. Keep a light on
As your pet ages, the lens in his or her eye begins to harden making seeing in the dark more difficult. A few strategically placed night lights can make Fluffy’s evenings more friendly
3. Don’t stop moving
Lack of activity is one of the leading causes of weight gain in older pets. Excess weight can lead to adrenal problems (i.e., Cushing’s Disease), joint issues and diabetes which is why regular physical activity is important to keep your pets slender and active well into their older years
4. Consider a nice fluffy bed
Arthritis and other joint-related aging issues are common in older pets and can make lying down on a hard surface uncomfortable. Some nice soft bedding can go a long way in making your fur pal more comfortable.
5. Lend a helping – step
As dogs age they can start to have a difficult time climbing into and out of the car. Purchasing a small set of steps can make road trips easier on your dog –and your back.
6. Increase your vet visits to twice a year
Yes, we know how hard it is to get Fluffy into her carrier or to take Fido on the long car ride to the vet’s office but it’s important that they get their checkups. And since age-related changes can occur seemingly overnight, it is crucial that your pets be seen twice annually in their senior years
7. Check their blood work
As our pets age they experience changes in the functioning of the liver and kidneys that can affect quality of life. If detected early enough, however, it is possible to slow the progression of any kidney or liver related diseases.
8. Add supplements
Supplements such as Oximunol Chewables, glucosamine, and green-lipped muscle can help make your pet feel better, improve mobility and increase quality of life. Supplements aimed at increasing immune function will help keep your pet feeling great well into his or her senior years.
Aging pets have lower energy and protein requirement than their younger counterparts. Be sure your pet is getting the optimal nutrition for his or her age by checking with your veterinarian and/or switching to a diet especially designed for seniors SPECICAL
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CATS
10. Add another litterbox – or two
Reduced mobility and muscle tone can make holding it and getting to the litterbox in time tricky. Adding another litterbox (or 2) to your home can make bathroom time better for your kitty.
11. Make sure she’s getting enough water
Being the carnivores that they are, cats consume a lot of high protein foods which, over time, can lead to changes in kidney function. Ensuring she always has a nice big bowl of fresh water will encourage your kitty to drink keeping her hydrated and her kidneys happy.