How To Care For Your Aging Dog Or Cat
Caring For Aging Pets
Companionship and commitment to your pet has always been important, but these things are even more so as they age.
Recognizing your pet is getting older - The rate at which a pet shows signs of aging depends on a variety of factors, such as breed, size, and general health. Commonly, giant and large dogs age more quickly than do medium size or small dogs. Miniature and toy breed dogs, as well as indoor cats, tend to live longer.
As your pet ages, changes occur in its physical condition, which warrant additional care aside from the annual veterinary checkup. Usually these changes are a result of deteriorating body functions such as hearing or vision, or possibly symptoms of disease.
Most dogs live between 10 to 15 years, and the average lifespan of cats is 20 years. Many pets do live to a ripe old age, but often experience the same aches and pains of old age that humans suffer. While it's impossible to breathe new life into an old pet, there are ways to reduce suffering and provide comfort to our tired old friends.
Begin with regular checkups. Once your dog or cat enters mid-life, it's a good idea to let your vet take a look at least once a year. Middle age in dogs is generally considered to be around the age of seven, and eight to ten for cats. Regular checkups will allow your vet to more easily identify changes and illness based upon an initial baseline examination.
Keep those legs and paws moving. Daily exercise can help keep your pet slim and flexible, as well as help starve off age-related disorders like digestive problems. Although many experts recommend walking your pet for at least 20 minutes, twice a day, most admit any amount is helpful and it's good for you too!
Study after study reveal similar findings. The number one dilemma in the pet population is obesity. This is the a big contributor to age-related problems like arthritis and heart disease. In cats, it can lead to diabetes. In fact, cats that already have diabetes may be able to get it under control, just by trimming surplus pounds. However, be careful about sudden changes in diet. Don't rush to make them if your pet is already slim and healthy. If your dog is overweight, help them regain vitality with Life's Abundance Adult Weight Loss Dog Food, a premium food made to fuel active bodies and hardy spirits. Be sure to also treat them with Wholesome Hearts Low Fat Dog Treats.
Why should you give your cat or dog a nutritional supplement? All pets have different nutritional requirements. Age, activity level, environment, genetic and breed are determining factors. Although a good premium food will provide a solid foundation, food alone cannot supply all the nutrients necessary to fulfill those unique requirements. The Daily Wellness Food Supplement is specifically formulated to provide your dog or cat with the additional nutrients necessary for good health. Plus, it contains powerful plant nutrients to help support a healthy defense system to fight off free radicals.
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Many pets naturally drink less as they get older, which can cause dehydration. All the more reason to keep water bowls filled with fresh, clean water. It may also be of great importance to keep water bowls in different parts of the house. This is particularly important if your pet doesn't get around as well as it used to.
Dental problems are common for both older dogs and cats if their teeth are not being brushed. Dental tartar, a mixture of minerals and bacteria, will build up eventually and cause gingivitis. If untreated, this can lead to gum recession and pocketing, allowing the teeth to lose their supportive attachments and to become loose. Routine dental cleanings are necessary to prevent these problems in humans. Pets are not much different. Preventing dental problems by cleaning and at-home care is crucial to avoid more serious troubles later in life. Gourmet Dental Treats promote healthy teeth, gums & fresh breath. If your dog still faces the dreaded doggie breath, be sure to add the Foam Breath Freshener in and your dog will be giving you minty fresh kisses in no time!
Though your pet may never have shown any anxiety over being left alone or away from you before, older pets can become anxious in your absence. Separation anxiety can result from the discomfort of degenerative changes related to aging or medical problems.
Minor Diseases And Ailments
Older pets are prone to a host of minor diseases and ailments. Any unusual lump deserves your vet's attention because they could be a sign of cancer, infection or a warning of several other disorders.
Shortness of breath may foretell a problem. If your dog or cat often appears to be short of breath, please see a vet's attention.
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