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Senior Pet Care Tips

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a cause we are happy to support. Senior pets have many wonderful qualities that make them great pets. Unfortunately, they often have a hard time competing with kittens and puppies when it comes to finding a new forever home. In this article, a North Phoenix, AZ vet offers tips on caring for senior pets.

Proper Veterinary Care

Just like people, pets often need to visit their doctors more often in their golden years. Your furry buddy will need to be thoroughly examined at least once a year, so any medical issues can be identified and treated right away. You’ll also want to make sure your four-legged pal stays up to date on their vaccinations and parasite control. In between visits, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Good Food

Proper nutrition will go a long way towards keeping your pet happy and healthy in their golden years. Choose a high-quality, nourishing brand. Ideally, you’ll want to pick something that doesn’t have a lot of fillers, like wheat and corn. Treats are fine, but don’t let your furry buddy convince you to overfeed them. It’s very easy for older pets to gain weight. While chubby pets are undeniably cute, those extra pounds are very bad for their health! Your pet may also benefit from certain supplements. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes, supplements, and suitable treats.

Senior-Friendly Facilities

Keep your pet’s age in mind when shopping and decorating. Our animal companions tend to get quite sleepy in their golden years, so be sure to offer your little (or not so little) buddy lots of comfy beds. Pet-ramps or stairs can help your pet get around more easily. You may also want to keep a nightlight on for your furry pal after dark.

Moderate Exercise

It’s natural for pets to slow down as they age, but don’t let your animal companion become a complete couch potato. If you have a cat, keep Fluffy active by offering her lots of toys, and playing with her daily. As for Fido, he should at least get a daily walk, even if it’s just a short stroll. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for a senior pet? Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, today!

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