When you adopt a pet or bring one home for the first time, all you can think about is how much fun it’s going to be to have an animal companion. You watch them grow in both personality and size, and you enjoy all the years you have together. However, every pet owner knows that someday, their animal friend will no longer be around, and it can be difficult to care for a pet as they get older.
As Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we can help care for your aging pet. Whether they need medication to help with arthritis and other joint problems, or you want to change their diet to make them as healthy as possible, we can provide the guidance and expertise that you want.
Watch for Warning Signs
As your pet gets older, they’ll likely have less energy and become less active. This is a normal part of the aging process, especially in cats and dogs. Whereas you may used to go on two to three walks a day, your pet now only wants to go on one. It’s important to pay attention to lower energy levels in your pet, especially if their vitality drops off drastically. Slowing down is normal, but lethargy is not, and if you notice that your pet is suddenly unable to stand or walk, then it’s imperative to take them to the vet right away.
Keep Up With Exercise
Even though you may only be taking your dog on one walk a day, instead of two or three, it’s important to keep up with a regular exercise routine. For many animals, obesity can become a problem as they age, simply because they’re still eating the same amount, but exercising less. While the exercise may not be as intense or impactful as it once was, it’s important to help keep your dog healthy and happy.
Adjust Their Diet
When it comes to your senior pet’s diet, it’s important to adjust as necessary, especially if you notice they’re gaining weight. While you want them to still have enough calories each day, you may need to switch to a senior diet food that is formulated for older animals. These foods have different nutrients that can be beneficial for an aging pet, and they should help them remain healthy in their golden years. For cats who may be at risk of feline diabetes, it can be good to give them a mixture of dry senior food and wet food. Our staff will gladly answer any questions you have about the appropriate diet for your senior pet.
Cherish Every Moment
You and your pet have a special connection, and when you’ve lived together for many years, you begin to understand one another. As your pet ages, it can be hard to watch them slow down or to be in pain, but the most important thing you can do is to spend time with them and cherish every moment. With regular vet checkups, a new diet, and proper exercise, your pet will hopefully stay happy and healthy until the end, but the best thing you can do is to be there for your pet when they need you. Pets can become anxious when they’re in pain or suffering from a condition, and it might be best to cancel that trip so that you can be home with your animal to help assuage their anxiety.
At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we’re committed to providing exceptional care to animals of all ages. If you have a senior pet, and you want to know how to best care for them, then please contact or visit us today. We’d love to speak with you.