Adopting a pet in their golden years is a great responsibility. Elderly pets need a certain amount of care and attention that differs quite a bit from the care you might expect to provide for a puppy or kitten. While both young and old pets require deliberate consideration, time and care, taking time to learn precisely what your older pet needs will make both of your lives easier.
When you adopt an older animal it’s crucial to establish a relationship with a trusted veterinarian right off the bat. Frequent check-ups and body evaluations will help ensure your elderly pet’s longevity and make sure you get in front of any potential health issues.
Your elderly pet has nutritional needs that should be addressed enthusiastically. In addition to supplementing fatty acids, you may need to purchase special dry or wet foods. Consult with your veterinarian to create a detailed food plan for your pet.
Older companions still need exercise, though it might take a bit of trial and error to find out what works best for you and your pet. Dogs, in particular, require a certain amount of daily activity regardless of their age. Once you find the routine that encourages your pet to thrive, follow through with it daily.
Consider special accommodations your pet may need; a few steps to get on and off the couch, a hypoallergenic pet bed, raised food and water dishes — whatever the accommodations are, prepare accordingly.
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike. Call us at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today!
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