Senior pets often have additional medical needs, and require a little bit more care than your middle aged or younger pet. Of note, if you feel your pet’s behavior has varied significantly from its norm, please consult a qualified veterinarian to provide care for your pet.
In my experience here are some important things to consider when caring for your senior pet:
- Senior pets may develop arthritis and a plush orthopedic bed or kennel pad can help ease those old joints.
- Senior pets may slow down. Our 14 1/2 year old dachshund rests a lot, and prefers not to go for long walks.
- Senior pets may have behavioral changes*. As he has aged, our dachshund could best be described as crotchety. He’ll let us know when he wants quality snuggle time, doesn’t want pets, and when he wants to be left alone. We respect his wishes.
- Dental care can prolong your pet’s life. February is pet dental month, and many veterinarians run specials during that month to encourage people to care for their pets’ teeth.
- Senior pets may not be able to “hold it” as long as they could when they were younger. If this is the case, shortening the length of your time away from your pet, laying out pee pads, or having a trusted neighbor or friend take your pet out, are all options for dealing with this issue.
- They are still your pet, and only know your love. Please care for your pet to the end of its life, and make arrangements for your pet in your will.
For more information from the American Veterinary Medical Association on caring for and issues that may arise with your senior pet, read their article, here.
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Disclaimer: My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. If you feel your pet’s behavior has varied significantly from its norm, please consult a qualified veterinarian to receive quality care for your pet. This posting is not to be construed as medical advice, nor am I am a veterinary medical professional.