Now your pet is a senior, what changes do you need to make?
Early detection is key! Visit your veterinarian for a senior health care exam at least every six months to monitor changes in your pet's health. Remember your pet is over 50 years old and visiting a vet once a year is like a 50 year old human visiting the doctor once every seven years.
You can play an important role in the healthcare of your pet by being on the look out for changes in behaviour and appearance. Make sure you groom weekly and check for sores, lumps and smells. If you notice any changes, please contact our friendly healthcare team for further advice. Early detection can play a critical role in the continued health and wellbeing of a senior pet.
Here's a few things you can do immediately:-
- Switch to a specifically formulated diet for seniors.
- Keep your pet's teeth clean, by following the home cleaning instructions your vet has given you (visit the dental care section in our Pet Library).
- Provide moderate exercise. This will help with weight control and keep muscles toned.
- Maintain a familiar routine and environment to minimise stress.
- Make some simple changes to your home - read more about things you can do at home for your senior pet