Our pets give us so much love in their lives. So, as your pet ages, it is important to return that love and help them age gracefully and happily. As our pets get older, their needs change as well. Here are 3 tips for caring for senior pets.
How Old is Considered a ‘Senior’ For Pets?
You may be wondering, exactly how old is considered a senior for my pet? The answer is different depending on what kind of pet you have. Cats are considered a senior roughly around age eleven. For dogs, the senior status depends on their size. Smaller dog breeds can be considered seniors at the age of eight to ten years old while larger breeds are around six years. Larger dogs have a shorter life span than smaller dog breeds.
Tips for Caring for Your Senior Pet
- Regular, Gentle Exercise
As your pet ages, they will likely not want to go for long walks or play as much as they use to. They are also susceptible to joint issues and arthritis. Giving them regular, gentle exercise helps them stay health without overdoing it. Make sure to never push them to do more than they are able. Speak to your vet about your pets’ limitations and what exercises would be beneficial to them.
2. Double Your Vet Visits
While all pets benefit from vet visits, it is a good idea to double up your vet trips for your senior pets. In their older age, dogs and cats are more prone to illness or dental problems. Extra vet visits can help catch these ailments and prevent them from any unnecessary pain from joints etc. It is also important to make sure they are maintaining a healthy weight and eating habits.
3. Give them Extra Love and Care
Watching your pet grow old is bittersweet. They may have been a big part of your family for many years. Be sure to spend quality time with them and soak up their golden years. Senior pets will appreciate the love and cuddles and help them relax and enjoy their old age.
With your pets’ old age, they will need more including medications, time, and energy from you. Make sure to check with your vet on any restrictions on exercise or foods they may have developed. For any questions on caring for senior pets, give us a call at 301-854-3372.