Caring for Senior Pets: 5 Tips for Better Health

Thanks to advances in veterinary care and nutrition, pets are living longer, healthier lives than before. During those golden years, it’s more important than ever to actively monitor your pet’s health and take measures to maintain a positive quality of life for your furry family member. While older pets require a little extra TLC, keeping up with these five simple tips can help your super senior live life to the fullest.

Schedule Senior Check-Ups

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Sadly, pets age much faster than humans, so a lot can change between vet visits. It’s recommended that senior pets get a full exam every six months so that any new diseases or health issues can be caught early. If you notice any new or alarming symptoms between visits, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your vet sooner.

Keep Your Pet from Getting Pudgy

Many senior pets struggle with arthritis, and too many extra pounds put an added, and often painful, strain on your dog’s joints and ligaments. If your pet has put on some weight, talk with your veterinarian about lifestyle and dietary changes that can help your furry family member shed some of those excess pounds.

Know Their Nutritional Needs

As pets age, their eating habits and dietary needs can also change dramatically. Senior pets often need a lower-calorie diet to support their slower metabolism or a prescription diet to deal with medical concerns like diabetes and kidney failure. Talk with your veterinarian to find the senior pet food that is right for your pet’s particular health conditions and lifestyle.

Stay on Top of Oral Care

Dental health is important at every age, but it’s especially important for the overall health of a senior pet. Dental disease not only causes bad breath, it can negatively affect a pet’s organs, which may already be stressed by other age-related illnesses. You can prevent dental disease by brushing your pet’s teeth daily, feeding dental treats, and taking them for regular cleanings by a licensed veterinarian.

Get Your Groom On

Senior pets may need extra grooming as they age, especially long-haired breeds. As older pets get less active, their sedentary lifestyle causes hair to matte and can also lead to long, painful nails. Schedule time to brush and groom your pet regularly, which will not only improve their looks, it can also improve the bond between you.

If you find your senior pet isn’t as mobile as he used to be or that car rides are becoming more distressing, in-home vet visits are a great alternative to help your pet get the care they need in the familiar surroundings of home.

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