Senior pets are special. They are loyal and loving and in most cases, will have been through a number of major life events with you.
The senior years can creep up on our furry friends and most people aren’t even aware that dogs and cats are classified as senior when they reach 8 years of age!
We think it’s important you are aware of some of the things you can do to help keep your senior pet happy and healthy so here are our top tips:
FEED AN APPROPRIATE DIET
As our pets age, their nutritional requirements change. Older animals don't cope well with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. Protein levels in their diet are important, as is their calorie intake. Being the correct weight can have a huge impact on their quality of life and mobility. We recommend you feed your senior friend a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet. Please ask your vet for a specific diet recommendation.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR CHANGES AT HOME
You know your pet better than anyone, so keeping an eye out for any changes is a critical habit to develop. Fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination can be an indication that there’s something amiss. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can also ring alarm bells. Get in the habit of running your hands over your pet every week to feel for any new lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a check with your vet as soon as possible. And don't be tempted to put changes down to 'just getting old'.
ARRANGE TWICE-YEARLY HEALTH CHECKS
An average year for your pet can be equivalent to 6-8 years for humans, so it should be no surprise that many changes can occur to your pet's health over 12 months. More regular health checks are absolutely essential for your ageing pet, even if you don’t notice any changes at home. A check-up at least every 6 months will help us monitor your pet and allow us to perform any necessary blood and urine tests or further imaging. Prevention of disease and early management is always ideal.
Practicing these tips as your furry friend gets older ensures the best way to give them a happier, longer and more comfortable life.