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Caring for Our Seniors, Pets That is!

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Yes, our pets do age. However there are a variety of ways that you can care for the furry seniors in your family and help them to age gracefully as they enter the sunset of their life.

First, let’s chat about maintaining their health. You may be thinking “What can we do to assist with keeping them in tip top health as they venture into their Golden years?” Read on to learn what you should be doing and what to look for.

  1. Pop into the Vet’s office! – Yes, your seniors should be quite familiar with their Vet by this stage of their little lives. Vet visits for our senior’s should be happening on a semi-annual basis at the very least. Checkups, blood work, dental exams, all become crucial as your pets age. A quick overview of your pet’s mental and physical health can help with possible early detection – and we know that early detection saves lives!
  2. Brush Them Teeth! – Yes, you should have an established teeth brushing schedule for your senior pets. As they age dental care becomes even more important. If your pet shies away from the brushing part, try to implement dental treats or toys into their routine. Look for toys and treats that specifically promote healthy gums and teeth.
  3. Keep ‘Em Moving! – While your senior pets may not get around as easy as they used to, do what you can to keep them moving. Slow walks up the block or shorter but more frequent walks may replace those mile long walks you used to take. Massage their joints. Mobility helps maintain healthy bodies, muscles and joints.
  4. Feeding – Just like us humans, nutritional needs change as your pet ages. Keep their diet as high quality as you can. Factor in their age and lifestyle. You may have to make adjustments in the quantity and type of food that you are feeding senior pets.
  5. Interaction – One of my favorites. Pets can experience those senior moments too. To keep them mentally active you need to interact with them. Keep their brains thinking! If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior, contact your Vet ASAP as this could signal a possible health issue!

Lastly let’s chat about some of the key things to look out for as our Pets age:

  1. Arthritis – How is your pet with the stairs lately? Does he avoid them? Does he toss and turn while trying to get to sleep? Is he moving slower?
  2. Dental – Does your pet avoid eating or eat at a slower pace? Is he losing weight?
  3. Weight Issues – Loss of weight could signal kidney, liver, heart problems. Gain of weight can keep them less mobile, thereby causing joint problems.

If you would like more tips on how to better care for your senior pets, contact me, your neighborhood pet sitter, at Kings and Queens Pet Sitting.