You cannot forget the first day when you got your pet. A younger pet doesn’t need much attention and care from you, but they just require fun and love. Younger pets have strong stamina and their body is capable of fighting germs and diseases. With the passing of time, pets require more attention and care, otherwise they develop illness and several diseases.
Senior pets have different care requirements than younger. But how do you know your cat or dog is considered to be a senior. There are some guidelines to determine when they become senior. Cats are mature at 7 to 10 years and senior at 11 to 14 years.
- Diet change: Most of the dogs lose or gain weight with age, so it is important to keep an eye on your dog’s diet. Try to feed your senior pet fresh vegetables and low calorie food. The digestive system of your furry friend tend to slow over the time. So, you need to decrease the quantity of food that you serve him daily.
- Exercise: Aged pets become slow and inactive very easy. Exercise on a regular basis will helps senior pets maintain a healthy body weight. Walking is an excellent exercise. You can go on a daily walk with your pooch in the morning and evening. Look for another light exercise that keep your dog or cat healthy without making them tired.
- Grooming: When your dog or cat becomes a senior pet, he or she is not able to care for himself or herself, so you have to take care of everything. Keep the teeth, ear, skin and fur clean to avoid parasite attack and other skin diseases. Remember, don’t use harsh chemicals to clean the fur of your dog.
- Schedule regular checkup: A vet is the only person who can guide you what is good or bad for your senior dog or cat’s health. A regular checkup will help you in inspecting health problem at the earliest. As per experts’ advice, the senior pet should examine twice a year. If the dog has serious health issues, don’t forget the health checkup every month.
- Keep your pet at a healthy weight: Obesity or overweight puts more stress on pet’s joints and it contributes to many diseases. If you notice your dog or cat needs to shed a few pounds, talk with your vet and know about his diet and exercise plan.
These are just a few tips to give your furry friend a healthy life. If your pooch is suffering from any kind of disease or you want to discuss any health issue, just give us a call. Our professional vets will talk to you and guide you.