If your furry friend is getting on in years, you may notice that he/she begins to slow down a little. However unlike a human, your friend can’t take responsibility for the different care needed and relies on you.
We consider any pets past seven years of age, mature. As your friend ages two kinds of changes can occur. The first are age-related changes, such as hearing loss, changes in vision and reduced activity. These are normal and cannot be prevented. The second kind are pathological changes, or diseases, such as heart disease, kidney disease or dental disease. These are to some degree, preventable or can be successfully managed. The challenge is to provide the best possible health care to reduce the impact of these changes so that your friend stays as healthy and active as possible.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Vaccinate every year to maintain your dog’s immunity against:Parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and bordatella.
Vaccinate every year to maintain your cat’s immunity against:Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu and Feline Leukemia.
Regular Vet Checks
We recommend your pet has a Health & Dental check every six months and screening of Blood & Urine Tests yearly. This should help to pick up any underlying disease before it causes symptoms and will increase the success of treatment. Early intervention will make your pet's life longer and happier.
Regular Heartworm prevention
Provide year round Heartworm prevention for your dog using daily, monthly or yearly preparations. Always be on time.
Regular parasite control
Worm your pet every 3 months with a good quality Intestinal Wormer and provide adequate flea and tick control.
Good nutrition can be provided through balanced commercial diets, specifically formulated for the Senior pet. Senior diets have reduced amounts of protein, phosphorus, sodium and energy. They help to maintain your pet at a healthy weight, and reduce the strain on your pets body. Some diets also contain special supplements eg for arthritis
However some pets may require Prescription diets better suited to specific diseases.
Regular controlled exercise
Regular exercise is important to maintain muscle mass, enhance circulation and help control obesity.
Too much exercise will make arthritic joints painful and may result in further damage.
Too little exercise will lead to muscle wasting and stiffness.
Appropriate Bedding & Environment
Your pet’s bed should be out of the weather, raised slightly off the ground, well padded and warm.
If your pet is getting arthritic it may help if you can reduce the steepness of any slopes or the number of stairs that may be encountered.
Play games and provide toys. It has recently been proven that regular mental & physical stimulation will help to keep your pet’s brain in good order, and reduce the effects of Alzheimer like symptoms.
You should also regularly monitor the following:
- Food & Water – quantity of intake.
- Toileting – both stools and urine.
- Any Lumps or Bumps
- Change in coat
- General Attitude
- Any anything that you feel is not normal.
If you notice any changes it is important that you contact your vet.
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY INTERACTING WITH YOUR OLDER PET!!