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Caring for Your Senior Pet

Age is not a disease; it is a normal part of life, and every living being goes through changes as they get older, including your beloved pets. Senior pets may develop age-related issues, but with proper care and maintenance, they can live happy, fulfilling lives during their senior years.

Preventative Care for Your Aging Pet 

Preventative care should begin at a young age but is more vital as your pet ages. Biannual veterinary appointments to run blood work, stay up to date on vaccinations, and ensure adequate parasite prevention are imperative in keeping your senior animal healthy and out of harm’s way. 

Ensuring a Healthy, Balanced Lifestyle

As your furry companion ages, they become more likely to gain weight as they become less active. It is essential to ensure your pet is on a healthy, balanced diet, preferably one recommended by your veterinarian that focuses on your animal’s specific needs. Keep table scraps and treats to a minimum and encourage your senior pet to exercise during the day. Senior dogs may benefit from shorter, more frequent walks rather than one long walk each day. 

Recognize Signs of Distress 

Senior pets face several age-related diseases. While these illnesses are not avoidable, they are manageable when diagnosed and treated early. It is crucial to be able to recognize changes in your pet’s behavior and personality to be able to detect health issues as they arise. Be on the lookout for an increased or decreased appetite, difficulty eating, increased drinking or urination, incontinence, mobility issues, changes in attitude, and disorientation. Be sure to bring your pet in to see your trusted veterinarian when you suspect a problem with your senior pet. 

Monitoring your pet, creating healthy habits, and staying in touch with your veterinarian throughout their senior journey is incredibly beneficial. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian with any concerns you may have regarding your senior animal.