Estimated 45 million dogs and cats are seniors. This is due to healthier lives and advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and strengthening of the human animal bond.
52% of dogs and 55% of cats, over age 7, are overweight or obese. We are killing our dogs and cats with kindness. No feeding table scraps, especially those gristly fatty scraps. The pets are in our life approximately 10-20 years. In some cases the pet is the one that is there through many of our life changes.
Spot early signs and symptoms in your pet: Senior Labs will get little moles or fatty deposits on their bodies. If the mole gets bigger, change colors, or start bleeding have the vet take a look. Observe the behavior and demeanor: Is the pet sleeping more? Is it less enthusiastic in greeting you? Is it losing weight or gaining weight? If a pet has gained or lost one pound in a month. Check with your vet.
Senior pets should go to the vet twice a year for a complete checkup: allow the veterinarian to assess changes in the pet in a timely and accurate manner. A 12 year old cat may develop hyperthyroidism which is common in senior cats can be corrected when caught early on. The same applies to the dog with diabetes. Senior cats that are affected with arthritis should not use a tall litter box, use a lower level one.
Look out for bad breath, bleeding gums, tartar buildup: The pet is swallowing all of the bacteria and germs, it's going down into their organs. Infection can take a toll on the dog's and cat's internal organs.
Help your pets as they get older: some pets have mobility issues, especially if they are overweight or long backed. Ramps should be used to access beds or sofas. Warm up a towel or blanket in the dryer and put them over the senior pet. Kind of heat therapy for their bones and joints. It also helps get blood flowing, you can also give them little bit of pet massage.
Senior pets benefit from mental and physical stimulation: dog gentle exercises like stretches, roll the ball across the yard or family room. For cats, take some kibble and put a few of them up and down the stairs to simulate hunting exercise. These games will exercise a pet's mind and body.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area