Caring for Senior Pets
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, Newberg Veterinary 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 closely, and we’ll have better chances to catch any 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 (and the diseases they pass along) 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 of your home.
- 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.