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10 Steps for good Senior Pet Health

 

At Carindale Vet Surgery we love our senior pets and want to keep them as healthy as possible.  Below are 10 steps for good senior pet health.

  • shutterstock_111412595_resizeVisit the practice for a senior health care exam at least every six months to monitor changes in your pet’s health.
  • As your pet approaches senior status, your veterinarian may recommend basic blood and urine tests as a baseline for measuring future changes. Regular blood testing can help identify diseases in their earliest and most treatable stages.
  • Note changes in behaviour or appearance. Treat simple medical problems, such as incessant ear-scratching, immediately. A trip to the veterinarian can get problems under control early, before they become major problems requiring more extensive treatment.
  • Switch to a quality senior food that provides enhanced levels of key nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamin E and beta-carotene, reduced fat and added joint support.
  • Ask your veterinarian to clean your dog’s teeth regularly and follow the cleaning with recommended dental care at home.
  • Provide light to moderate exercise. This will help with weight control and keep muscles toned.
  • Groom your senior pet at least once each week. Check for lumps, sores, parasites and foul-smelling ears or discharge. Older pets may need to he bathed with medicated or moisturizing shampoo.
  • Maintain a familiar routine and environment to minimize stress.
  • Keep your senior pets as comfortable as possible in the summer and in the winter. Provide them with warm comfy beds off the cold floor, coats to provide a little extra comfort and in the summer think about clipping hair shorter to keep them cool.