WE ARE NOW OPEN FULL HOURS FOR ALL PATIENTS AND ARE INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE PRACTICE ONCE AGAIN. As of the 24th July 2020, we have been welcoming a limited number of clients into the practice. Video consults are still available for those who wish to reduce their contact with others or who are self isolating. For the safety of all people who enter the practice, we have installed perspex screens in certain areas. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 households (2 people per household max.) into the premises at any one time. Please be aware that only one person may be able to accompany a pet into the consultation room itself (the other person may need to wait in reception). We are also asking that all visitors and clients wear a mask at all times when in the practice. There are exceptions for those who may struggle with these measures and please do call if you have any concerns. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation.
With an ageing population of both humans and animals it is important we all take care of each other during our senior years. As well as regular health checks and medical management of age-related diseases, there are many other things we can do to help our old cats, dogs/other animals. Here are just a few examples:
Old cats and dogs like routine
We all love a routine, and those of us living with animals know that THEY love a routine as well (they’re often more accurate than a clock when it comes to mealtimes). It is important for both their mental wellbeing but also physical health to keep their day-to-day activities and environment as similar as possible. Ie. if you normally go for a 20 minute walk at 7am before breakfast, don’t introduce a 5 mile jog at lunchtime. Try not to rearrange furniture or move litter trays.
Old cats and dogs need more warmth and comfort
Arthritis and muscle wastage is incredibly common in our older patients, and is often more painful during cold and damp weather. Ensure the house is well heated and soft comfortable bedding is available.
Feed old cats and dogs an age-appropriate diet
Try to transition your senior pet onto a life-stage appropriate diet (slowly - remember, we don’t like change). These diets can help support joint and body system health, whilst supporting the maintenance of an appropriate weight.
Ensure lots of TLC!
Often our older pets aren’t quite able to keep up appearances as they used to. Help them out with regular grooming, which can also provide a stimulating and rewarding interaction between you and your pet. Tooth brushing should be in place from a young age to help prevent dental disease - but it’s never too late to start!
Call our team for any further advice on the care of older pets.