How to Help Your Pet Enjoy His Senior Years

Feed Him Right

Obesity is a common health problem in dogs and cats. And unfortunately, it can become especially troublesome during their senior years because it can be hard on their joints. Your veterinarian may suggest feeding your pet a diet specifically made for senior or less active pets to help keep your pet at a healthy weight.

Keep Him Active

Exercise is another important way to not only keep your aging pet's weight in check, but also to build and maintain his muscle strength. Senior pets can lose muscle tone if they do not exercise.Check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s exercise routine.

Watch His Behavior

Many diseases typically associated with advancing age can be addressed if caught early. By being vigilant, you may even be able to help prevent some problems altogether. Here are some basic health concerns you should be aware of:

  • Appetite loss or changes in drinking
  • Bad breath
  • Bumping into things
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of response to name or commands
  • Lameness
  • Lumps and bumps just under the skin
  • Weight loss

If your pet shows any of these signs of illness or other changes in behavior, talk to your veterinarian. Many health conditions that may affect your pet as he ages can be treated effectively with medication and/or a change in diet.
Your pet's golden years are time to cherish. And with proper attention to preventive care, diet and exercise, you can help your senior pet live his life to the fullest.

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