How to Keep Your Elderly Pets Happy and Healthy

Posted on
March 22, 2018

As your pets get older, your love for them will only grow. However, as they age there are many more health and care demands that you will need to provide for your pet. Not every cat or dog is exactly the same, so they will be needing specialized care into their golden years. Use these tips as a guide for care when your furry friends begins to age.

How do you know your pet is a senior?

If you have a larger dog, they will probably reach old age more quickly than smaller dog breeds. Large dogs may reach older age as early as 5 or 6 years old, whereas smaller dogs are not likely to reach old age until 10 or 11 years old. There are various other factors involved in your dog’s life that will determine their aging such as their food and play environment. Your dog’s age does not necessarily determine their status as some dogs are able to stay youthful for a very long time. Cats tend to be considered seniors after the age of 9, but have been known to live up to 20 years! With advanced veterinary medicine cats are living much longer and much healthier lives.

What can you do to monitor your older pets?

Dogs and cats will experience similar signs of aging as they get older. You may find that your pet is not quite as active or mobile. They should be closely observed once these symptoms of old age begin. You may also want to pick up some Fauna Care injury spray just in case your pet should injure themselves. Your pet may experience more frequent injuries as a result of these changes. Another sign of an older pet is more difficulty climbing stairs. You’ll likely find yourself limiting your pet to one floor of your residence or carrying them up the stairs. Pay close attention to your cat or dog’s and diet as well. As your pet ages, they may require a different type of food in order to maintain good health. A change in type or brand of food will be able to go a long way to help your pet maintain a healthy weight and shining gums.

What can you do to help senior pets live their best lives?

Dogs

old gray dog

It is always recommended to keep up regular visits with your local veterinarian. This becomes even more important as your dog gets older. With regular visits, you’ll be able to predict and prevent any diseases or disorders that come with aging. During your visit, make sure your dog is evaluated based on his or her body weight. Body weight is critical in your dog’s health, and maintaining a healthy body weight will prolong your dog’s happy life. Exercise is also important for older pets! As they age, exercise may become more difficult but this does not mean that it is harmful. Exercise and designated playtime will not only help your dog’s physical health, but also their mental health.

Cats

old gray cat with closed eyes

Dental care is of the utmost importance for senior cats. Cats are very responsive to at home dental care, so be sure to pick up some appropriate toothpaste for your cat. Toothpaste will help your cat fight plaque and infection. Keep a close eye on your feline’s coat as they will likely experience some changes as they age. Look out for greying hair, thinning of their coat, and a reluctance to grooming. Thes signs could signal a problem with your cats nutrition or various other health problems. However, it is still beneficial to groom your cat even if they are exhibiting some of these symptoms. Finally, you should always be monitoring your pets senses. Cats sometimes lose their hearing as they age and they may not be quite as responsive. This does not mean that your cat is acting out, but rather that they are experiencing trouble hearing.

Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your pets happy and healthy long into their lives. These tips along with your Fauna Care natural spray will keep your pets safe. Don’t be discouraged by your pets golden years, help them live their lives to the fullest!

Posted on
March 22, 2018
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