Caring for your senior pet

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As our pets age, their needs change.

The transition from middle aged pet to senior pet can creep up on you, and once our pets are visibly older they seem to age very fast. Being aware of your pet’s advancing age will help you make good choices for them, to maximize the quality and quantity of life you share.

Regular visits with your veterinarian can keep an eye out for signs of developing disease and provide early intervention. Dietary and physical activity adjustments can be made to reduce the strain on aging organs and joints.

Heart murmurs and changes in mental activity can develop in the aging pet. Cataracts cause loss of vision, but can be removed in dogs, much like in people. Dental health is a big problem in older pets. Regular dental care helps prevent halitosis, periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Pain from untreated bone issues and osteoarthritis can lead to decreased mobility and deteriorating health in our older pets.

Your veterinarian is your family’s “other doctor” and can help you honor your senior pet’s contribution to the family by providing life stage appropriate support in the golden years.