How To Care For Your Senior Pet
December 01, 2020
Keeping Your Pet Comfortable in Every Stage of Life
No matter if you have had your pet since they were young or if you just adopted a senior, we know how much you love your aging pet and you want to keep them comfortable. Just like humans, when pets age, their needs and daily routines change. Because of this, the veterinarians at Care First Animal Hospital want to give you all of the information and tools to make your pet’s senior stage of life the best it can possibly be.
How Do I Care for my Elderly Cat?
As your feline friend gets older, you may notice a change in their behavior and habits. Their fur is probably starting to gray and maybe they’re sleeping a bit more. But what changes aren’t normal? Read our top 3 tips for taking care of your senior cat:
- Schedule routine check-ups with your vet: bringing your elderly cat to the vet every 6 months to a year is the best way to catch any health change that needs attention.
- Pay attention to weight changes: your cat gaining or losing weight can be a red flag that there’s a health problem. If you notice this, bring your cat to the vet so they can do a full evaluation and find the problem.
- Give attention and toys: Your cat still needs attention, mental stimulation and play time, even when they’re elderly. Make sure to shower them with affection and love, just like you did when they were a kitten.
You know your cat best, so if there is a change or a question that you are concerned about, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian to make sure it’s a common change with age and not something to worry about.
How Do I Care for my Elderly Dog?
Dogs are man’s best friend, no matter what age. Making their senior stage comfortable is one of the best gifts that you can give your furry friend. Read the below tips on how to make them comfortable in their elderly years:
- Maintain oral health: proper dental hygiene in dogs is imperative. Read more about dental health and how to brush your pup’s teeth here.
- Provide needed accommodations: As your dog ages, they might not be able to do the same activities that they once could, and it’s important to set up accommodations to help them succeed. For example, consider purchasing a ramp so your dog can walk up to your bed instead of jumping, and keeping the house well lit so they can see well.
- Keep vaccine and parasite protection up to date: make sure to visit your veterinarian every 6 months to a year, as well as stay current on vaccinations and parasite protection so that your senior dog doesn’t get sick.
Your dog is a great companion to you, so making sure that you are their advocate when they are elderly is important. If you are worried about anything with your senior pup, make sure to reach out to your vet.
Have a Question About Your Elderly Pet?
The veterinarians at Care First Animal Hospital are passionate about the care of your pet in every stage – from infant to senior. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to bring your pet in, contact us today!Back to Blog