Tips on How to Take Care of Your Senior Pet
Your senior pet is more than just a loyal friend, he is a member of the family. As your pet enters his golden years, it's important to take special care of him to ensure he lives a long, happy, and healthy life. At Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, we understand the unique needs of senior pets and are here to help you provide the best possible care for your furry friend. Before considering specialized senior pet care, it's important to understand some of the basics of taking care of an aging pet.
1. Schedule Regular Veterinarian Visits
As your pets enter his senior years, it's important to schedule regular visits to the veterinarian. This way, any health problems can be detected early and treated accordingly. Dr. Bolt may also recommend some changes to your pet's care routine, such as switching to a senior-specific diet or starting a supplement regimen.
2. Feed Your Pet a Healthy Diet
Nothing is more important for your pet's health than a nutritious diet. As your pet ages, his dietary needs will change, and it's important to adjust his food accordingly. Older pets tend to require a diet that is higher in protein and fat and lower in carbohydrates. You should also make sure that his food is easy to digest and contains all of the nutrients he needs to stay healthy.
3. Keep Him Active
Just because your pet is getting older doesn't mean he does not still need to exercise. In fact, regular exercise is important for senior pets to maintain their muscle mass, prevent obesity, and keep their joints healthy. So, be sure to take your pet for walks, runs, or to the dog park regularly.
4. Adjust His Environment Accordingly
As your pet ages, he may have a harder time regulating his body temperature. This can make him more susceptible to both heat and cold stress. To make your pet as comfortable as possible, be sure to keep his environment at a temperature that is comfortable for him and make any necessary adjustments to his bedding, clothing, or grooming routine.
We Want to Help Your Senior Pet Thrive
If you have a senior pet, Dr. Bolt at Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene is here to help. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your pet healthy and happy, including senior wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, and more. Call our team today at (325) 695-7140 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.