Unfortunately, our pets age faster than we do. Most cats and dogs will have some age related health issues by the time they are 10 years old meaning they require extra attention to help keep them happy and healthy (see our top tips below).
Here’s a few of our top tips for senior care.
1. A regular health check is absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check-up at least once a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis.
2. Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don’t be tempted to just put these changes down to ‘getting old’.
3. Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet or, when required, one of the specific prescription diets. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask us for a specific diet recommendation.
4. Lumps and bumps: It’s a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with us as soon as possible.
Phone us if you have any questions about your senior pet, as we will always be able to give you the best advice.