How To Care For Elderly Pets

Care-For-Elderly-Pets-Bonner-Springs-Care-CenterWe all dream of seeing our pets grow old with us; it’s such a beautiful feeling. However, elderly pets require specialized attention, treatment, and care. Bonner Springs Animal Care Center is your one stop clinic for all your pet health care needs.

Choose An Appropriate Diet

Healthy eating habits for your pet are important, especially as they age. Choose a diet with whole foods, omega 3’s and healthy vegetables. Decreasing the carbohydrate and fat consumption will help minimize weight gain and keep it optimal. This lowers the chances of pet obesity, which can reduce the pet’s life span and increases the risk of health complications. Adding supplements, such as fish oil and glucosamine will help to alleviate joint pain.

Work On An Exercise Routine

Exercise is very important for your pet’s mental and physical health. The pet may no longer be able to go for long runs and walks as this can cause them too much strain. Take your pet out for short gentle walks. Monitor his/her breathing and stride to ensure they are in good physical health. Ensure the walks and runs are shorter but occur more often. Include toys to keep your pet motivated for the exercise routines.

Schedule Regular Visits To The Vet

Develop a habit of regular veterinary care for your pet. Regular health screening ensures early detection and treatment of diseases. Routine testing helps to establish baseline levels. The veterinarian is trained to evaluate your pet’s health and offer individualized recommendations to keep your pet healthy and active.

Vaccination and Parasite Control

As your pet gets older, there is a lot of change in lifestyle and activity routines hence there is a need for a routine vaccination against infectious diseases. Discuss with your veterinarian and determine which vaccinations are still necessary and set intervals for the administration. It is important to also protect your pet from parasites such as ticks and fleas. Reduced movement due to inactivity may attract more parasites to your pet.

Make The House Safe and More Comfortable

Safe proofing your house will ensure the safety of your elderly pets. Consider a soft warmer bed that will provide relief for their achy joints. Remove obstacles from the floors to avoid anxiety and keep those with a fading vision from bumping into things. Keep the food and water in places they can easily reach. Ensure the floors are not slippery to avoid falls and help maintain traction when they are rising. Disabled pets have special needs that can be discussed with your veterinarian. A special ramp or stairs would be advisable especially for pets with hip and joint issues.

Aging is inevitable, but it is also just another phase in your pet’s life. It is important to be patient when dealing with your elderly pets. They may have a slower response to smell, sense or touch but they are attuned to their companion’s presence and touch. Be sensitive to their changes and keep consulting with the veterinarian.

At Bonner Springs, we take pride in our team of experienced personnel who have a vast experience in pet treatment and management. We look forward to giving you expert advice on how to improve the quality of life of your pets. Contact us today and book an appointment.