You might not realise it but dogs and cats are considered senior citizens when they reach 8 years of age. Our furry senior friends require some extra special attention to help keep them happy and healthy.
Here’s a few of our top tips for senior care.
- A regular health check is absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check up at least once a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis. At Mira Mar Vets we make a regular health check VERY easy with our Senior Pet Promotion held every April, where discounted blood testing and a free 6 monthly revisit are on offer. However, even outside of this time, we absolutely welcome all older animals and their people in for a health check and discussion with our experienced vets about your pet’s ongoing needs.
- Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don’t be tempted to just put these changes down to ‘getting old’.
- Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior acomplete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask us for a specific diet recommendation.
- Lumps and bumps: It’s a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with us as soon as possible.
Phone us if you have any questions about your senior pet, as we will always be able to give you the best advice.