September is Senior Pet Wellness Month

By August 22, 2018Pet Health

Senior Pet Care is Important

Are you a proud owner of a senior pet?

If so, then September is your month! In case you hadn’t heard, September is Senior Pet Wellness Month. As our pets age, it becomes increasingly more important to make sure they’re in good health, because they’re at higher risk for certain diseases. Even if your pet appears to be normal, there is a chance there could be an underlying problem. So it’s crucial for older pets to be satisfied both physically and mentally.

 

Improve Senior Pets’ Lives With Regular Visits

Annual check-ups are essential, no matter the age of your pet. However, frequent vet visits are especially important for senior pets. Pets that are seven years or older are considered senior-aged pets. At this stage in their lives, dogs and cats can contract health issues such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Dental Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Certain Types of Cancer

We recommend bringing your senior pet to our facility at least twice a year for thorough examinations and evaluations, vaccinations and lab tests. Routine visits to Mercy Pet Clinic allow our veterinary team to stay up to date with your senior pet’s health and keep you informed about any potential ailments. Early detection can help prevent disease and minimize suffering of your senior pet.

Tips on How to Keep Your Aging Pets Happy & Healthy

Regular veterinary check-ups are some of the easiest ways to ensure the health of your mature pet, but there are a few other things you can do to keep your senior pet happy and healthy, including:

  • EXERCISE – It’s a necessity for pets to maintain optimal physical and mental well-being. Senior pets should feel like younger pets. So keep them active to boost their mood and avoid obesity.
  • HEALTHY DIET – Senior pets generally need lower-calorie diets to help prevent obesity and keep them strong. They should eat food that is tailored to their age group for optimal digestion.
  • MOBILITY AIDS – Older pets may have a difficult time moving around. You can come to their aid by placing ramps for access to high areas, clipping their nails regularly and adding rugs for improved traction on slippery surfaces.
  • COMFORTABLE BEDDING – As much as your pet may love to nap on the floor, consider providing your senior pet with a soft, supportive bed for them to sleep in.
  • CAREFUL MONITORING – Keep a watchful eye on any changes in your pet’s mood; it could indicate a health condition. Increased hiding, sleeping, less eating or drinking, abnormal bathroom patterns or a greater need for attention are behaviors to look out for.

Make sure to let your vet know about any changes.