Is your pet beginning to grow older? If so, he or she may require extra care. Pets are generally considered geriatric once they reach age six or seven. With age comes a whole new and unique set of challenges.
Here are some tips on how to care for a senior pet:
- Make regular appointments with the veterinarian. Your vet will likely begin to monitor for diseases that are more common in older pets. Pets who have conditions may require frequent appointments.
- Take steps to help your pet maintain a normal body weight. A special diet may be required or you might need to go for extra walks, especially if your senior pet has become a bit of a couch potato.
- Accommodate your pet’s physical restrictions. If your older pet has achy joints, hip problems or balance problems, it may be necessary to make modifications to your home. Your pet might not be able to jump high anymore or climb stairs as easily.
- Schedule tooth cleanings for your dog. As pets age, their immune systems become weaker and neglecting oral hygiene can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can lead to heart failure, kidney failure, and more.
These are just some tips on how to care for a senior pet!