Elderly Pet Care
There will come a time when your energetic best friend starts to slow down and act calmer.
Changes in your pet to look out for are sleeping excessively, difficulty getting up or jumping into the back of the car, knocking into furniture, loss of appetite or changes in temperament or developing incontinence.
If your dog is beginning to stiffen up there are lots of things you can do to help. Keeping your pet in the best of health may mean adjusting routine slightly. Perhaps take your dog for a few shorter walks to keep joints mobile rather than one long one where your pet becomes overtired and stiff the next day. Swimming is an excellent way of keeping those joints mobile. If you own a larger breed dog, help your pet by placing a ramp to climb into the car. Perhaps provide a thicker more supportive bed to ease aches and pains or pressure sores, or a warmer draught free spot. If your pet has difficulty in eating perhaps provide a raised feed and water bowl if your pet has difficulty eating from the ground.
Cats now live longer lives too. In older years, due to changes in its teeth or gums, your cat may stop grooming as thoroughly and need more brushing. Older cats also become creatures of routine and can become distressed by changes in their routine or their living area, just little things like moving the furniture around can cause stress. If your cat seems to sleep 24 hours a day provide a warm cosy spot but try to encourage a short walk around the garden to keep joints mobile and encourage your cat to take an interest in its surroundings.
Ideally your pet should be blood tested annually as there are many illnesses your pet it may suffer without any apparent symptoms and often the sooner the diagnosis the better the chances of recovery.
Your pet's teeth and mouth will need regular check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. If your pet takes less exercise that in younger years, its claws will become longer and need trimming. Our Veterinary Nurses will be pleased to do this for you.
Less exercise can also mean gaining weight so you may need to make a change in your pet's diet. Please come and use our weigh scales and ask the nurse or receptionist to record it on your pets clinical notes. Early recogniton of weight issues may help prevent stress on joints or the start of diabetes.
Your pet should be checked by a vet annually and it is important to keep vaccinations up to date. Take advantage of our FREE NURSE CLINICS to ensure that your pet is in the very best of health. These clinics are available to your pet no matter what age, from small puppies right up to elderly pets. There are a lot of ways your vet can improve the quality of your pet's senior years from supplements to dietary advice.
If you would like further information please telephone 01291 672637.