Caring for Your Senior Pet

Is there anything more irresistible than a dog with a grey muzzle or a cat who has matured enough to know the value of a warm lap?

Most veterinarians believe that dogs or cats are considered senior when they reach the last third of their normal life expectancy. As they age, there are many things we can do to improve our seniors’ wellness and quality of life.

Of course, healthcare maintenance and proper senior-specific nutrition are paramount. But so are accessibility aides, added comforts, exercise, and increased opportunities for bonding.

You know you are a five-star animal companion if:

  • It is hard to navigate in your living room because the floor is occupied with a deluxe orthopedic pet bed, or a heated pillow.
  • Your bedroom looks like a showroom for playground equipment”stairs to the bed; ramps to the top of the perch; etc.
  • You leave a light on at night to assist with failing vision?
  • Your exercise is now split up into shorter morning and evening walks with your furry ones.
  • You are hiding litter boxes on every level of your house, with low, easy to enter sides and have food and water bowls in many locations.
  • You are doing extra scratching behind the ears to calm and connect, and even some gentle grooming
  • And finally, you are sticking to reassuring, regular routines…and even taking time to nap together.

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