November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. There are far too many older animals in shelters, desperately hoping someone will adopt them and give them the love, care, and attention they need. Older pets tend to be very sweet and lovable, and they can make wonderful animal companions. Fido and Fluffy do need a bit of extra TLC in their golden years. However, this doesn’t always mean more care: some things you just need to do things a bit differently. A local New Albany, IN vet offers some advice on pampering a senior pet in this article.
Senior dogs and cats have some unique charms. They aren’t as active or destructive as younger animals, and don’t need as much exercise or entertainment. They also tend to be quite calm, and really just want naps, belly rubs, and attention. You’ll be able to skip training, which is another plus. Many older animals are also very affectionate and lovable. Plus, they are often great with children.
Keep Them Comfortable
Pets go through many of the same changes in their senior years as we do. They’ll slow down, tire out more easily, and may experience declines in hearing, vision, or cognitive capacity. Fluffy and Fido also get weaker, and may become stiff and sore. Keeping your furry buddy comfortable will really go a long way towards keeping them happy and healthy in their golden years. That means small details, such as offering soft beds and senior-friendly litterboxes. Good grooming is also important.
Provide Proper Veterinary Care
Older pets typically benefit from coming in a bit more often. It’s important to monitor your pet’s health carefully at this special stage, so any changes can be caught and addressed quickly. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also need to watch for signs of illness. Contact us right away if anything seems off.
Purrs And Tail Wags
This is a very special stage of a pet’s life, and one that should be celebrated and savored. As far as we are concerned, senior pets are just as cute and lovable as kittens and puppies. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy and Fido, and just spend quality time with them.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local New Albany, IN animal clinic, we are always here to help!