Pet Care Tips For Aging Pets
Pet my tummy please (Photo credit: Jan & Peggy)
A pet is a bundle of joy the moment it enters the house. While buying expensive treats and toys for it, grooming it, walking it are excellent ways to show care for one’s pet, old age requires greater attention towards waning health and veterinarian services. Old cats and dogs especially require a lot of attention as each breed is prone to specific problems. Certain pet care tips that shall come handy with aged pets in general are as follows:
Building contact with a single veterinarian – Pets just like humans hate visiting the doc even for normal check-ups. Pets are known to cringe at the sight of a person in a white lab coat and they tend to sniff out vets from miles away. To ensure that aging pets do not get anxiety attacks nor feel scared, which can lead to strokes and other issues, one must try to build up a good relation between the pet and the vet by taking it from an early age to the same vet if possible. This built up trust makes the job of the vet easier and fun filled for the pet as well.
- More Tests Are Vital – While younger pets need no more than one regular blood work and urine sample test in a year, older pets may develop symptoms of age related problems in as little as three months. Hence, regular visits to the vet and blood work, urine/stool sample are an important part of a pet’s old age. This is probably one of the most overlooked pet care tips leading to premature death of their beloved companion.
- Subtle Signs – What might be written off as a one of a kind situation with pets may also be an indication of more serious problems. As pets age, they tend to develop diseases that cannot be caught early on without owners being aware of behavioral changes or schedule changes of their pets. Notice if their sleep cycle changes all of a sudden, behavior is modified, bumps and lumps on their body, sudden erratic response, loss of training etc. All these may be taken as normal in young pets but older pets tend to depict these as a side effect of some underlying disease.
- Senior Pet Food – Feeding pets a steady diet is important for their wellbeing. This includes switching aging pets over to senior pet food as these are made with perfect concentration of ingredients that an aging pet must take to maintain their health. Good pet care tips are often based on diet constraints rather than dietary supplements. With age, a pet starts losing immune response meaning that even the tiniest of allergens or toxic food substance can trigger a stroke or allergic reaction putting its health at risk.
- Dental Health – The best way to find out if something is wrong with one’s pet is to periodically check their mouth cavity for inflammation, bleeding, improper bite etc. These are indicators of graver issues and once such signs are detected, a vet should be immediately informed.
None of the above pet care tips are as important as this last advice. As pets age, the owner’s care, love and affection should increase as this provides them the highest degree of comfort and warmth. Pets that can feel the affection of their owners tend to live longer as they are happier more often.