It may be difficult to believe that your older pet has reached old age, but the fact is most pets reach old age at around age 7 years old. Caring for a senior pet can be challenging especially if you are not prepared for what may come. Our goal is to provide you with tips and information to help you understand the changes your senior pet may be going through and how to deal with those changes.
Tips for Caring for Older Pets
One of the most important things you can do is love your pet. Pets can sense when you are nervous or stressed, but old age in pets is nothing to be nervous or stressed about. If your pet has any medical issues or changes to their health, speak with your veterinarian. It is important to see your vet if you have any concerns about your pet’s health and older pets should typically see the vet twice per year.
Caring for older or elderly pets can be difficult at times, especially if your elderly pet has a chronic medical condition. Proper care and treatment can help your elderly pet live a better quality of life.
When caring for an elderly pet who is ill, patience is the key. Talk with your vet about your pet’s condition and how to best treat that condition. Some vets may recommend:
- Changes to feeding your elderly pet
- Adding natural supplements
- Change of your pet’s food
- Change of pet’s toys
- Change in pet’s bedding
10 Tips to Help Elderly Pet’s Live Better
- Watch for changes in behavior
- Schedule regular vet visits
- Change your pet’s diet
- Keep your pet moving and active
- Look for signs of arthritis
- Make your home senior pet friendly
- Be patient
- Help your pet stay clean
- Be aware of the signs of cognitive dysfunction
- Stay focused on your pet’s quality of life
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Should you need help paying for your pet’s medical treatment and care, we are not accepting applications at this time, but you may contact The Pet Fund at 916-443-6007 to inquire about funding for non basic, non emergency care. If you qualify, payment would be made directly to your veterinarian.
We highly recommend pet insurance for parents of elderly pets. Read our blog to learn more about pet health and caring for older pets.