Aging indicates that your pet requires more care and attention. In veterinary terms, we call it Senior Care. This specialized style of care will help them live longer and have better health as they grow older. At Front Street Animal Hospital, we can help you care for your senior pet and help your pet age gracefully and live a healthier, happier life. To learn more, give us a call at (416) 351-1212.
What changes take place as my pet ages?
Their metabolism, biological systems, and organs change over time, so their bodily functions may slow down, leading to health issues that require our help and, in more severe cases, veterinary intervention. The senses of our cats and dogs will be different as time passes. Like humans, the five basic senses deteriorate, especially sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
As pets age, their immune system weakens, making them more prone to disease. Pets may become less affectionate or even do things that, for us, have no explanation, such as barking or meowing incessantly and without an apparent reason. With age, memory and orientation will also be affected.
How can I care for my senior pet at home?
As your pet ages, you need to provide more care and attention to them. Some things you can try at home include:
- Giving them the best quality food.
- Taking steps to maintain their ideal weight.
- Following an exercise regime adapted to their age. It will help maintain body mass and muscle tone. It will also stimulate your pet's circulatory system and promote bowel movements.
- Resolving health issues that arise when they are detected.
- Taking them for regular wellness tests.