Caring for Senior Pets: 7 Healthy Habits
Having a senior pet is possibly one of the biggest challenges any pet owner can face. As your pets age, they may not have the same physical and mental capabilities. Pet owners often struggle to understand because unlike the human lifespan, your pets age faster. However, it’s important to remember that old age isn’t a disease, but a stage in life. And it’s especially important for pet owners to learn how to navigate that stage. Here are some simple ways to make your senior pets life easier and more manageable for both you and your beloved animal!
More Walks and Bathroom Breaks
Like humans, as pets age, so do their bodies. Walking your elderly dog regularly is a great way to help them maintain their joint and muscle health as they age. Frequent exercise makes pets less prone to bone diseases which is especially common in old age.
As pets age, they also need more time relieving themselves to reduce “accidents” within the household. A senior pets bathroom time is reminiscent of raising puppies. They will need to go more frequently and require longer breaks.
Diet and Nutrition
Good nutrition is important at every age, but it’s especially true when it comes to older pets. At this age, it’s crucial to keep the lines of communication open with your vet and inform them of any new decisions regarding your pets food. Even the smallest changes can have an impact on their aging bodies, so it’s important to be careful when introducing new foods.
Visits with the Vet
Increased veterinarian care is even more important as your pets age. Studies show that only 13% of senior pets regularly undergo health screening. However, at this stage of life, checkups are especially important because early detection of disease is crucial. You should schedule checkups with your vets every 6 months to make sure your pets are in tip top shape.