Senior Pet Care
Medical research, medications, and technology have advanced regarding the health maintenance of our pets. Our animals are living longer, healthier lives. While this is gratifying for us, there are still a few tips we need to know about senior pet care. Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital Bloomington would like to share a few of these tips.
When do our furry friends become “old?” Experts tell us that age seven is the advent of old age. Signs of aging include more sleeping, decrease in activities like walking and playing, and not eating as much. These could be signs of illness, so visiting the veterinarian or animal hospital would be a good idea when you start seeing these signs in your pet.
Senior Animal Care
More frequent veterinary care ensures your beloved friend gets blood work, exams, dental care, and tests for specific illnesses inherent in older animals. Regular checkups will catch serious illnesses early, so they can be treated quickly. If allowed to progress, small illnesses can lead to potential loss of life.
Diet and Weight Control
Older companions need food specific to their age and physical condition. Overweight pets are susceptible to diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and all the weight problems humans have. Pet foods specifically for older companions help with controlling these things before they become a problem.
Older companions often have arthritis and can't exercise as much. However, exercise keeps arthritis under control. If your companion needs to sleep downstairs so they won't have to climb stairs, then they should be allowed to do so. Ramps instead of steps outdoors would enable them to go outside easier.
Vaccinations and Parasites
Older bodies' immune systems change with age. Vaccinations and worm, flea, and tick control will be different. Your veterinarian will explain this as well as how often these things must be done.
Skin problems come with age as well. Your pet’s coat may thin out and become brittle. Their skin might encounter dryness, rashes, or sores. Their ears might get infected or get mites. Your local animal hospital can help with this in addition to giving you tips to keep him more comfortable.
Like their humans, senior companions need specialized care. Contact Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital Bloomington to learn more senior pet care tips.