Dogs and cats are considered seniors when they reach 7 years old. It is essential
to be aware of the signs of aging in our pets, such as reduced activity, stiffness,
and changes in behaviour. Here are some things to consider to ensure your pets
get the support they need to lead happy and healthy lives in their golden years.
Weight Management: As pets age they might be inclined to put on weight. It is crucial to manage this, as overweight pets suffer more from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, arthritis and other issues. Make an appointment at our weight management clinic if you find it difficult to manage your pet's weight.
Nutrition and Diet: As pets age, their digestion may change and nutritional needs may change too. High-quality senior pet food is available everywhere and specially formulated for aging pets.
Regular Check-ups: Visits to the vet become more critical as pets age. A check-up could detect potential issues early on, which could make their lives more comfortable or even prolong their lives. Remember each year in a pet’s life is equivalent to 7 years in a human's life, and most 50+ year-olds attend the doctor significantly more than once every 7 years. We would recommend running full bloods at least once per year to check on their internal health.
Exercise and Mental Stimulation: It is crucial to maintain regular but gentle exercise to keep joints limber and muscles toned. Additionally, engaging pets in mental stimulation can help keep their minds sharp.
Providing Comfort and Adaptations: As pets age extra comfortable bedding may be necessary. They could also have difficulty with activities they once mastered effortlessly. Make their living space more accessible by providing ramps or steps for getting on and off furniture if needed and elevate feeding bowls to reduce strain on their neck and back.
Managing Pain and Discomfort: Some senior pets may develop conditions such as arthritis which can cause pain and discomfort. Please make an appointment to discuss pain management options that can improve their quality of life if you notice difficulty with movements and walking.
Dental Care: Dental health is crucial at any age, but especially as pets get older. Dental check-ups and cleanings can prevent dental diseases and related health issues.
Love and Attention: Never underestimate the power of love and attention. Spending quality time with our senior pets can significantly impact their well-being. Whether it's gentle grooming, a leisurely walk, or just cuddling on the couch, the emotional connection we share is vital for their happiness.
Remember, each senior pet is unique, and their care should be tailored
to their individual needs. By being proactive in looking after our ageing
pets, we can ensure that their senior years are filled with comfort,
happiness, and the love they deserve.