How You Can Make Your Pet’s Golden Years Shine
Here at My Dog Spot, our pet care experts look after pets of all ages. From young puppies and kittens to senior dogs and cats, we know pets and we understand that their needs change as they get older.
We also understand that being the fur parent to an aging pet can be challenging. It takes time and can be expensive, but it’s important that your furry family member stays happy and healthy in his golden years.
Read on to learn how you can help make your pet’s golden years shine with six simple tips.
- Keep Up with Routine Veterinary Checkups
This first tip may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember that pets age much quicker than we do and even pets who still seem young to you may be considered a senior by medical standards.
Routine vet checkups will help you keep tabs on your senior pet as he ages and will give you an idea as to his overall health and comfort level. They will also keep you informed on impending health issues you need to be aware of like arthritis, obesity, certain cancers, cognitive issues, ear and eye health, and more.
- Supervise Your Senior Dog or Cat Around Young Children
Teach children to be gentle and nurturing with their senior furry family members. Remind them that your senior dog or cat needs extra patience, love, and care during his golden years.
It’s also important for pet parents to note that many senior pets are good at hiding their aches and pains from their human families. Because of this, some senior dogs or cats may suddenly bite or snap at a rough or overly-handsy child out of fear of being hurt or handled too roughly.
This is why most experts suggest that you supervise very young or very active children around aging pets to ensure the safety and comfort of all.
- Be Sensitive to Your Senior Pet’s Needs
As they age, our senior pets may become more anxious or have heightened sensitivities to sounds like cars backfiring or fireworks.
They may become less tolerant of other, more playful household pets and prefer to lounge around on the comfy sofa in the sun as opposed to playing tug of war in the back yard.
Senior pets can also be more sensitive to extreme weather conditions so be extra cautious of the cold or heat during walks, car rides, or backyard time.
- Make Sure Your Senior Pet’s Diet Aligns with His Age, Size, and Activity Level
As they age, many senior pets will experience a shift in their appetite. While some senior dogs or senior cats will find food less appealing, others will become hungrier and need to eat and snack more often throughout the day.
Be careful not to overfeed or underfeed your senior pet. Obesity is one of the leading health problems in senior dogs and cats due to a combination of an improper diet and a reduced amount of exercise, so make sure you are feeding your pet the right foods for his age, weight, and activity level.
Also remember to always leave fresh water where your senior pet can reach it and offer your pet water frequently throughout the day to ensure he stays hydrated.
If you are worried your senior dog or cat isn’t getting enough to eat or drink or is eating or drinking excessively, speak with your veterinarian right away.
- Exercise and Mental Stimulation Are Key to Happy, Healthy Senior Pets
Don’t forget your senior pet is still a pet at heart. Dogs and cats may grow old, but that doesn’t mean they stop being animated.
Keep your senior pets active and moving, even if it means cutting those hour-long hikes.
into slow paced, twenty-minute strolls through the neighborhood.
For senior cats, play is often the best form of exercise, so keep your senior kitty engaged by playing chase games that get them moving.
Physical exercise will not only help boost your senior pet’s immune system, it can also keep common joint issues at bay, keep them at a healthy weight, and improve your pet’s overall happiness and mood.
Brain games, sniff time, or even a change of scenery can also do wonders for a senior pet’s mental state and health. Help your pet’s mind stay active and engaged by encouraging him to think and allowing him to experience new things, smells, and places.
- For Those with A Busy Lifestyle, You May Hire A Quality Pet Care Company to Help
As our pets age, they require more hands-on care. This can be difficult for those of us with busy lifestyles, active households, or demanding jobs.
Luckily, there are a number of incredible pet care services available to help with the gentle, nurturing care your senior dog or cat may need.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and are interested in learning more about us at My Dog Spot for your senior pet care needs, we would love to hear from you.
Email us now at contact@WalkMyDogSpot.com or visit us at WalkMyDogSpot.com to learn more.