10 Tips for Senior Pet Care

by Dr. Chris

Pets are living longer then ever, which makes providing proper senior pet care even more important. Here are 10 tips for senior pet care:

1. When are pets considered senior?

Most pets are fully matured and are considered adults by the age of 2. By 7 years of age most pets are considered seniors. Some larger breed dogs are considered seniors at even a younger age due to their very short life span, like the Great Dane dog.

2. Visit your veterinarian twice a year.

Pets age much faster then humans, which is why twice a year veterinary visits are a great idea. Skin, joint, and urinary problems are common in senior pets and need prompt attention.

3. Keep your pet in shape.

Nearly half of America's pets are overweight or obese. Being overweight takes a big toll on your pet. They are not able to groom themselves properly, and their joints wear out faster from having to carry extra weight. See: Fat Dog Health Issues.

4. Fresh water daily.

Water is the most important nutrient for pets. They need lots of fresh clean water everyday. They can't go one day without it!

5. Examine your pet daily.

By spending a few minutes closely examining your pet everyday you can quickly catch things before they become a big problem. Like catching a tumor when it is small or by noticing inflamed gums before it turns into periodontal disease. See: Dog and Cat Dental Products that Work.

6. Keep them active.

Senior pets, although they may sleep more, need regular exercise too. Regular exercise helps to manage their weight and keeps joints healthy. Also senior pets have slower metabolisms so exercise helps prevent weight gain.

7. Senior pet supplements

When it comes to senior pet care, your veterinarian may recommend some senior pet supplements to help maintain your pet's health. Some common senior pet supplements include glucosamine, chondroitin, and calcium. See: Arthritis in Dogs.

8. Keep them warm.

Senior pets love a warm place for sleeping. You can buy beds that self heat when pets lay on them, or ones with built in thermostats.

9. Protect them from dangers

As pets age, their eyesight and hearing ability decrease. Gates to keep them away from stairs and other dangerous parts of the house can keep them safe.

10. Daily pet massages.

Giving your pet a daily massage can help keep their muscles nice and loose.

Providing great senior pet care can be very rewarding by giving them a great life.

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