All About Senior Pet Health
There’s something special about an older pet. You’ve probably been together for years, and the bond is deeper than ever. It may be hard to realize that your pet is getting older, but the experience of caring for them as they age can be deeply rewarding and enriching for both of you.
At Schertz Animal Hospital, we take senior pet health very seriously. That’s why we want to outline some important things to consider as you embark on the journey of caring for an aging pet.
The Times They are A-Changin’
Pets age more quickly than humans and are considered “senior” much earlier than you might think. Like older humans, senior pets need extra care and attention to help them live the best possible life. Changes in physical and mental health can pop up out of nowhere, so keeping up with our pet’s changing needs is critical to their well being.
The Importance of Wellness Care
Frequent wellness exams are vital to caring for any pet, and senior pets may need to be seen more frequently than their younger peers. Aging pets also have an increased risk for many health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease
- Cognitive decline
- Vision and hearing loss
- Intestinal difficulties
The Basics of Senior Pet Health
A little extra TLC and tailored lifestyle adjustments are cornerstones of senior pet health. Keep these important factors in mind:
- Weight/nutrition – A pet’s metabolism naturally slows as they age, which can easily lead to undesired weight gain. Your veterinarian can help you develop a nutrition plan that includes the right combination of calories, protein, and vitamins and minerals for your senior pet.
- Mobility – Decreased mobility can be a big issue with aging pets, but daily exercise can help reduce joint pain and keep muscles limber. Your pet may also benefit from products designed for pets with mobility concerns, such as raised beds, elevated food/water bowls, ramps, and pet stairs.
- Dental health – Having a healthy mouth can literally add years to your pet’s life! Here at Schertz, we offer comprehensive dental care for pets of all ages. We’re happy to provide guidance about proper tooth brushing techniques and other aspects of home dental care.
- Lifestyle modifications – Protecting senior pets from the elements is extremely important, as they may be more sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Watch your pet closely while outside in warm weather, and make sure there’s plenty of shade and cool water available. Keep pets indoors as often as possible during the colder months.
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Schertz Animal Hospital
Since 1976, Schertz Animal Hospital has offered the greater San Antonio area outstanding pet care. Our state-of-the-art animal hospital in Schertz, TX compliments our stress-free handling and experienced veterinary staff. Make an appointment online or give us a call at (210) 659-0345 today!