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.