3 of the Most Important Factors When It Comes to Caring for Your Senior Pet
Article by Nick Burton from ourbestdoggo.com
As difficult as it is to accept, our beloved pets age. And since they age faster than we do, their golden years can easily sneak up on us. But in order to provide them with the highest quality of life we can, we must always take steps to promote their health and well-being. Sometimes that means making changes to their lifestyle. Here are three key factors to consider when you have a senior pet:
1. Accessories and Modifications
A big part of caring for your senior pet is getting them the equipment they need. Many older pets have joint issues, so getting them pet steps and stairs can help them get up and down from the sofa or in and out of the car more comfortably. Ramps are another great addition, and they are easy to take with you wherever you go. There are various options to choose from according to pet sizes and needs. There are other accessories that can be used for senior pets, including dog strollers and beds, so read online reviews to make sure you get the right kinds.
You also may consider making modifications to your home. For instance, moving your pet’s living space downstairs—if it isn’t already—will allow them to eat, drink, and sleep without having to climb the stairs multiple times a day. Elevating their food and water bowls can help them eat and drink more comfortably as well. Furthermore, look into doggy doors for quick access to the backyard and non-slip mats to help them walk safely in the home.
Exercise is vital for people’s health and well-being, and it’s the same for your pet. An exercise routine helps keep your pet from becoming overweight, which helps to stave off countless health issues. It’s also critical for heart health, lower blood pressure, stronger bones, and more energy. Moreover, regular exercise can relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When your pet is older, however, it’s important to monitor their physical activity and modify it when necessary. They may not be able to exercise as hard or for as long as they used to, so make sure you watch them closely so that they don’t overdo it.
As your pet ages, you will probably need to change their diet. Protein is the most important part of any pet’s diet because it plays a major role in muscle, skin, and hair health. It also helps create hormones and enzymes that help your pet function normally. However, due to the decrease in intense physical activity, most senior pets benefit from a lower-calorie diet because it helps them keep their weight down.
The second most important part of a pet’s diet is fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are routinely recommended by veterinarians to prevent and treat diseases such as heart disease, liver disease, and lymphoma. They are also popular supplements for older pets because they can help with a number of other issues, including:
Additionally, many senior pets benefit from a raw diet, which is basically a holistic diet plan. It consists of a balanced intake of whole foods, such as high-quality meat, calcium from whole bones, greens, and superfoods. Supplements like Omega 3s, probiotics, and nutritional herbs are also included. Proponents of a raw diet plan believe it to be effective enough to eliminate the need for vaccinations and anti-inflammatory drugs. As with every decision involving your pet’s health, consult your veterinarian to see if this kind of diet is right for your pet.
It’s essential to take the right steps to ensure your senior pet’s well-being. Look into the various accessories you can buy and home modifications you can make that will help your pet live more comfortably. Make sure your pet gets the exercise they need, even if it means modifying their routine to suit their current needs. Research different diets and talk to your veterinarian about dietary changes you should make for your pet. It takes planning and effort to care for our pets as they age, but we all know it’s more than worth it.