Senior Pet Care Tips

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:50

National Walk Your Dog Week 2Thanks to improved medical care and nutrition, our pets are living longer and healthier than ever! As our pets age, they become more likely to develop arthritis and age related diseases. The best thing you can do for your older pet is to take a proactive role in their pets health care.

Healthy Tip #1 Feed your senior pet an appropriate diet

The nutritional needs of dogs and cats change as they age. Senior pets can benefit from a diet that is specifically tailored to them. The choice in pet food can be overwhelming, to say the least, so it's always best to discuss nutrition with your vet to make sure you are feeding your pet an appropriate diet. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, almost 53% of dogs are overweight or obese. Our vets can give you the number of calories your pet should consume a day, so that it takes the guess work out of knowing how much to feed your pet.

 

Healthy Tip #2 Make sure your pet gets regular exercise

Regular, moderate exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight and healthy joints. As your pet ages, adjust your expectations accordingly.  For senior cats, try finding new and aspiring toys or using catnip to encourage your cat to play. You can also use food puzzles to challenge your senior cat and dog.

 

Healthy Tip #3 Provide your pet with special accomodations

As pets age, their bodies change. Making sure your senior pet has good mobility can greatly increase their quality of life. For pets who have a hard time finding footing on hardwood floors, we offer toe grips. ToeGrips work by allowing the nails to grip on slick surfaces. We also offer chiropractic care and laser therapy. These alternative therapies, combined with changes made in the home can help senior pets move around easier. 

 

Healthy Tip #4 Don't forget the supplements! 

Pets are great at masking pain, making it often difficult for owners to know that their pet may be suffering. Many older pets will benefit from supplements and/or medications to help relieve achy joints. There are a plethora of over the counter supplements ,but it's important to discuss adding supplements to your pet's routine with your vet. Not all supplements are the same, and some have better proven results than others. Your vet can also discuss other medications that may help your pet age gracefully. 

Healthy Tip #5 Visit us for bi-annual senior exams

As senior pets age, their bodies are rapidly changing. Our vets encourage all senior pets to come in for a bi-annual exam to check for these changes. Additionally, preventative bloodwork can detect diseases early, allowing for better treatments and outcomes.  These blood tests check red and white blood cell counts, as well as checking vital organ functions such as the kidneys and liver. We'll also check a urinalysis and thyroid function to determine if there are any abnormalities. Our goal is to keep your pet as healthy as possible. Preventative blood work helps us identify potential diseases early on, giving us the best chance for helping your pet continue to live a long and fulfilling life!

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