As our pets age, their bodies and behaviors often change. Owners often assume that these changes are just signs of aging, but that isn’t always the case. For example, diseases like arthritis, dental disease, and obesity can cause changes in movement, eating habits, weight and general alertness.
To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, most comfortable life possible, Research Boulevard Pet & Animal Hospital encourages you to bring in your pet for exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll have a better chance to catch underlying diseases before they’re big problems.
Here are some more ways you can improve your senior pet’s quality of life:
Many older pets have weaker immune systems, so it’s crucial that you continue to administer parasite preventatives to keep nasty pests away.
If your pet is having trouble getting around, you may want to help him avoid things like stairs by providing ramps or moving beds, food and litter boxes to more accessible areas.
Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s food. Slower pets don’t need as many calories, so make sure your pet’s food is right for his current lifestyle and health status.
Brush your pet’s teeth! Dental disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets.