Your pet is an important part of your life, but just like us our pets do get old. You can help your pet age gracefully by following these 4 tips.
1. Regular health check: Absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check up at least twice a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis.
2. Monitor changes: Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don’t be tempted to just put these changes down to ‘getting old’.
3. Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask us for a specific diet recommendation.
4. Lumps and bumps: It’s a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with us as soon as possible.
Gresham Animal Hospital has been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We are the oldest Animal Hospital in East County and growing. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your pet needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600.
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