Just like us, our best friends get older; unfortunately, old age comes faster for them. Make sure you are taking care of your lifetime buddy so they can enjoy every moment that they have happy and healthy. Here are some tips for caring for your elderly pet.
To keep your senior pet looking good and feeling great requires a little more attention than when it was younger.
Both cats and dogs tend to become less attentive to their own grooming and upkeep, so require a little more help from you.
Commercial ‘mature’ diets offer great supportive benefits for our senior dogs and cats. High quality feline and canine mature diets cater for the nutritional needs of mature animals and provide the ultimate balance of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Many of these diets also help to optimise joint and oral health, as well as strengthening the immune system and aiding coat condition.
To optimise your pet’s health, we recommend 12 monthly vet checks for your pet until the age of eight and then six monthly checks for pets after that. More frequent vet checks mean little health problems in your pet are more likely detected early before they become big problems.
Just as with humans, osteoarthritis is a common disease in older pets that can cause painful symptoms such as difficulty in getting up from a lay down position, stiffness or jerky movements, reduced playful behavior and lagging behind or limping when walking.
Keep your senior pet in their best health.
Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600 or visit our website at: www.greshamanimalhospital.com/