As we get older, we learn to take the necessary next steps to combat aging and maintain our health for as long as possible. Whether that is through a regular schedule of fitness activities, time spent away from the daily stressors of life, or a proper diet routine that keeps us healthy and fit year after year, it is no secret that the natural aging process takes up a lot of energy and dedication. However, people are not the only ones who have to make certain changes and adjustments as they grow older. Our pets warrant the same types of needs and attention that many humans go through, such as maintaining a healthy diet, following a regular exercise routine and keeping up with annual doctor check-ups.
In fact, due in large part to improvements made in pet nutrition and supplements, along with the development of many medications which fight against common pet diseases, the life expectancy of household pets has doubled in the past fifty years. Now, in order to further shed light on just how important it is to take proper care of aging pets, University Animal Hospital focuses on Senior Pet Wellness every November. Understanding the common symptoms and signs that come with the pet aging process can not only help you to take the correct steps towards improving your animals quality of life, but it can also adequately prepare you for what is ahead in your pets senior years.
Regular Vet Screenings
Pets should begin twice yearly wellness exams when they reach the equivalent of fifty human years (typically around seven-years-old for medium dogs and ten years for cats). Appointments with your vet become increasingly important as your pet ages because nearly every single pet will develop at least one serious condition in their senior years. Scheduling regular screening exams, bloodwork and doctors appointments will help you to catch any serious complications that could affect your senior pets overall health and well being.
Maintaining A Healthy Senior Diet
Because older pets tend to eat and drink less than normal, it is more important than ever that your pet is maintaining their regular intake of nutrition and fluids. This not only helps to ensure that they are getting all of the essential nutrients and vitamins that they need in their senior years, but it also helps to keep up their energy levels and fight off any sickness or health issues. Be sure to consult with one of our veterinarians regarding the best diet for your individual pet’s needs.
While you may want to give your tired, old pet a break from hard work and exhausting activities, regular exercise is actually an important part of keeping up your pets quality of life and slowing down the progression of aging. Maintaining regular physical fitness with your pet can also help to keep their physical, mental and emotional health sharp and intact.