Some Extra Love For Our Senior Pets For September!
In honor of Senior Pet Wellness month, we’d like to take some time to educate you on taking care of older pets. As we get older, we often do everything in our power to ease/prevent/100% deny the aging process. We eat better, exercise, and tell everyone we meet that we’re 29 in hopes that it somehow becomes true. We take extra care of ourselves during this time, and the same treatment should be given to our aging pets. Follow these sage words of pet wisdom to extend and nurture your pet’s long happy life.
Vet visits are crucial, especially for older pets whose bodies attract many of the same ailments ours do in age. This includes cancer, heart disease, bone and joint weakness, and kidney problems. Your pet’s breed may be prone to certain conditions you should be on the lookout for. Remember that dogs age approximately seven times faster than we do, so older dogs need extra attention. It’s a good idea to upgrade your dog from one to two annual vet check-ups after they reach a certain age, maybe six or seven depending on our vet’s advice. These visits are so important, as they contribute to early detection of diseases and conditions, therefore allowing early treatment.
Exercise is vital to maintaining a pet’s health. Your pet has gotten slower in age, but this doesn’t mean they should stop moving. The pace and rigor and frequency of exercise changes with age, but it must keep happening. Movement extends your pet’s life and keeps them sharp physically, emotionally, and mentally. It can even slow the aging process.
Keep a keen eye out for your pet’s weight and eating habits during aging. A diet change may be in order. Dogs tend to gain weight as they get older, while cats tend to lose it. Major weight change is a red flag you should call your vet about. Because your older pet is likely eating and drinking less, you have to make sure that what they ingest really counts and hits hard nutrient-wise. You want to keep their energy up and their body’s disease-fighting power strong. Meal replacers like Dogsure or Catsure may be a good choice. They have appealing sweet flavors that deliver a lot of nutrients while going easy on your pet’s digestive system.
Pay close attention to your pet and note any changes in behavior. Is your pet sleeping differently? Whimpering a lot? Have they started treating family members differently? These are all changes to discuss with a vet in order to stay on top of your pet’s health.
Give your old pets some extra love and care and they’ll be with you a lot longer. My cat Twyla is a bajillion years old, but thanks to good senior pet care she doesn’t look a day over a million.