Did you know that dogs (6 years of age and older) and cats (7 years of age and older) are considered seniors? Like humans, pets undergo significant physical changes with age and their health care requirements increase. So, what can you do to help your senior pet?
Here are some tips:
– Schedule regular visits with your veterinarian. Cats and dogs age much faster than humans which mean changes can occur quickly. Yearly physical examinations are recommended in order to detect any medical conditions early that could become pronounced in old age. Remember, it’s much EASIER and CHEAPER to prevent disease than it is to treat it!
– Maintain a healthy weight. Your pet’s weight plays a huge role in their overall health. Regular exercise and proper feeding will help reduce arthritis and pain and improve mobility. For indoor cats, give them a stimulating environment to allow them to keep active!
– Don’t forget about oral care! Good dental care throughout your pet’s life will mean that they will be much less likely to suffer from gingivitis and periodontal disease which can affect vital organs and lead to serious health issues.
– Feed a well-balanced and high quality diet. Pets require different nutrients based on their age and lifestyle. Prescription diets provide optimal levels of key nutrients to support vital organs and help your pet live a long and happy life!
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