How to Care for Your Aging Pet
We’ve gone through the aging process with two of our dogs and a cat and we are now at the stage again where we are starting to go through it with our dog Luna. Senior pets can bring so much joy to your life, just as much if not more when they were younger. They tend to be calmer, wiser and so much more as seniors and are such an integral part of our family. If we take care of them as we all should their senior years can be great for them and us.
Here is our dog Zeus who went to the Rainbow Ridge several years ago, he is missed but he was well loved while he was with us and brought us endless joy. Not to mention that we always felt safe with this big boy at over 100lbs when he was around 🙂
I think sometimes that pet owners often overlook the fact that their beloved pets do not stay young forever. Therefore, it is important that pet owners take the time to make sure that their quality of life does not change just because they have gotten older. As a pet owner, myself, I have two dogs and a cat; I can see subtle changes in their overall health.
Keeping them active and playful is important to me. I also schedule regularl vet checkups to ensure that they are as healthy as they can be for their age and breed. Good nutrition is important at any stage of a pet’s life. So make sure that you are giving your pet, pet food that is made especially for their age group. Spending a little more money on dog or cat food products that are recommended by a veterinarian will help to ensure that the nutritional needs of my pets are being met.
Here’s Zeus again and Juno (on the right) with my hubby all in their younger years 🙂
Another thing that is just as important is to make sure that your pet gets enough exercise no matter their age. Mind you, an older dog or cat certainly cannot run or play as vigorously as a pup or kitten, but keeping them somewhat active will help them feel happy and help to prevent muscle atrophy. I know that when my husband, myself, or my daughter take the dogs for a walk, it is for a shorter time span and my dogs are just as happy.
We also take our pets to get their teeth looked after. As strange as this may seem to some people, regular dental checkups for your dog or cat is vital to their health. Not only do we take them to have their teeth checked, we also brush their teeth regularly. Brushing their teeth at regular intervals helps to remove tartar buildup. If this is left unchecked, tartar buildup can lead to bacterial growth which can enter the bloodstream and cause illness or death.
If you happen to have a pet, make sure to schedule an appointment with a veteran at regular intervals.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share?