A senior pet is generally classified as over seven years of age. From this age, they require a little extra care to ensure they remain healthy and happy in their golden years. Here are some tips for caring for senior pets:
Regular check-ups: Just like us, as our pets age, they become more susceptible to health issues. Regular visits to your vet can help catch any issues early on, and ensure your pet receives the necessary care and treatment. It can also be beneficial to get blood tests done, especially for seniors, which can detect any abnormalities.
Special diet: Senior pets often require special diets to meet their changing nutritional needs. Many pet food companies produce special food for mature pets which may include more protein or less fat.
Exercise: While senior pets may not be as sprightly as they once were, regular exercise is still important to keep them healthy. Short, gentle walks or playtime in the backyard can help keep your furry friend active and happy.
Keep them comfortable: Senior pets may suffer from joint pain or arthritis, so make sure they have a comfortable place to rest, and soft bedding to cushion their joints. Blakehurst Vet can also help manage the pain of arthritis in senior pets which can lead to a greater quality of life.
Grooming: Older pets may have difficulty grooming themselves, so regular brushing can help keep their coat clean and free of tangles. This can also help you detect any lumps or bumps that may require attention. For cats who can no longer groom out their mats, Blakehurst Vet can shave your cat’s coat into a lion clip. We do this under sedation for your cat’s comfort.
Dental Care: Dental health is important for all pets, and senior pets are particularly prone to gum disease and tooth decay. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning at Blakehurst Vet can help prevent dental issues and keep your pet healthy. In some cases, teeth that have become rotten will be removed.
Provide love and comfort: As pets age, they may become more anxious or require more attention. Spending time with your pet, providing extra cuddles and love, and providing a comforting routine can help them feel safe and secure.
Caring for senior pets requires a little extra effort, but it’s well worth it to ensure your furry friend remains healthy and happy in their later years.
By following these tips, and consulting with the experts at Blakehurst Vet, you can provide your pet with the care they need to live a long and comfortable life.
If you have any concerns about your senior pet, book in to see one of our vets.