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Helping Your Senior Pet Navigate Aging

We wish our pets could stay young and vibrant; the reality is that they age just as we do. As our pets age, their veterinary needs change, requiring more hands-on care to maintain their health. While we can’t predict at what age our pet will begin showing signs of declining health and wellness, it is important to stay proactive with their health needs by regularly consulting your trusted veterinarian.

Changes to Recognize in Your Senior Pet

As our pets age, their physical and behavioral norms change too. Your hyperactive dog may nap more frequently than they used to, and your friendly cat may prefer solitude. Most changes are expected and are not cause for alarm. However, it is crucial to watch out for signs of dangerous changes that could be symptoms of a more significant health complication.

Weight gain, bad breath, cloudy eyes, incontinence, and lumps on your pet’s body are common signs of aging. It is important to monitor these changes thoroughly with the help of a veterinarian, as they can be signs of disease and medical issues that require immediate intervention.

Helping Your Pet Age Gracefully

A balanced diet, filled with nutrients and healthy ingredients, is crucial to maintaining your pet’s health. As pets age, their immune system begins failing them, making fighting off infections and disease more difficult. It is important to ensure they have the necessary health nutrients they need to stay healthy. Limit table scraps and treats and only use treats as a reward for exercise by investing in puzzle games or hiding small snacks around your home for your pet to move around and find.

Regular veterinary visits are the most critical component of keeping your senior pet healthy and happy for as long as possible. Being preventative with your pet’s health means seeing your veterinarian more frequently to run lab panels and monitor symptoms your senior pet may have. Contact your trusted veterinarian today to schedule your senior pet’s check-up appointment and get them on the road to optimal health!