Is your pet entering his golden age? Pets age like people… slowly for a while, then suddenly all at once. Fido and Fluffy will never stop being the cute, cuddly companions they always have, and they will always be puppies or kittens. However, their needs change over time. Once your pet reaches this senior stage, it becomes what some of us like to call super senior. A local vet offers some tips for taking care of your loyal companion in this article.
Older pets often have quite sensitive stomachs. They will have a harder time eating fatty foods and may also experience abdominal pain from changing their diet too quickly. Some dogs and cats will benefit from special supplements and/or foods. You may also need to reduce portions or switch brands to help prevent obesity. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Just like humans, older pets tend to slow down with age. Fido may get tired after walking around the yard, while Fluffy may limp after a few mid-jumps. You don’t want your pet to become a couch potato: you just need to find the right balance. Ask your veterinarian for advice on this.
Proper grooming will help your furry best friend. This will vary from animal to animal, but in general you will need to brush Fido and Fluffy regularly and bathe them as needed. Dogs may need more frequent nail trimming.
Loss of control is not uncommon in older animals. It is definitely something to contact your vet about! In some cases, it can be treated. For others, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Mattress covers and urinary pads can help prevent damage. You may also need to clean your pet to avoid burns.
Sight / Hearing
Fido and Fluffy sometimes have vision and hearing problems. Pets can still live a full and happy life if they lose some sense of input. You may need to make some minor tweaks, such as enhancing pet protection. Ask your veterinarian for more information.
Make the most of the precious time left to spend with your beloved pet. Take extra care of Fido and Fluffy and provide them with necessary amenities like soft beds, pet ramps and night lights. After years of love and loyalty, your four-legged friend deserves to feel safe and comfortable during this special time.
Do you have questions about your superiors? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Rialto, CA!