How to help your pets age gracefully
Did you know that at the ripe age of seven, dogs and cats are classified as senior pets?
A recent study found that one in four pet owners weren’t aware their pet had transitioned into a senior but, just like humans, pets also experience the effects of ageing. This can include greying hair, sore joints, changes to eyesight, lumps and bumps as well as behavioural issues just to name a few; all of which can have an impact on their health.
Throughout May, Greencross Vets Morayfield are bringing senior pets to the forefront of conversation with special deals. Greencross Vets will be offering $30 off professional services, a free consultation for new clients and $50 off professional services on days dedicated to senior pets.
Greencross Morayfield Veterinary Director, Wendy Reilly is inviting Moreton Bay residents to come into the clinic to learn more about pet ageing; “There are a number of health concerns pets can encounter as they get older, but owners can play their part in the quality of their furry friend’s life by keeping an eye on them and providing appropriate care for their age.
“If your pet is entering the senior age bracket soon, you can take precautions to help your pet live a long and happy life. Dogs and cats age at different times based on factors including their breed and size. Moreton Bay pet parents should adapt their pet’s diet and exercise to suit their individual needs to help them age gracefully,” Wendy says.
“Often pet parents do not realise that when dogs and cats hit the senior age bracket they have different dietary and care requirements. We’re encouraging Moreton Bay locals with older pets to come in-to one of our clinics and talk to one of our friendly vets about their pet’s needs.”
Greencross Morayfield Veterinary Director Wendy, outlines the common health conditions for senior pets and how to help Moreton Bay pets live their best life as a senior:
Arthritis – As pets age, arthritis becomes more common. You may notice your furry loved ones start to slow down and decline physically, which can be a sign of arthritis. If your dog or cat is limping or having difficulty getting up, consult your local Greencross Vets to have them assessed. Also keep an eye out for irritability and tiredness. If your dog or cat does have arthritis, you’ll be given a plan to follow to help manage the symptoms and be advised of the treatments available.
Nutrition – As pets age, they experience changes in their metabolism. We recommend switching to dog and cat foods that specifically caters to seniors to make sure they’re getting the correct nutrients for their life stage. That’s why it’s important to make sure you keep your pet’s energy levels in mind so that their meal portions and exercise regime are a good match.
Behaviour – Dogs and cats can experience mood-changes as they get older. Monitor how they interact with other animals and humans. It’s important to identify any shifts in behaviour and tend to these changes before they become an issue. Sometimes changes in behaviour can be linked to health issues, such as arthritis or tooth pain for example, so be sure to check in with your vet if you see any changes in your fur baby.
The transition from adult to senior dog is nothing to worry about if you know what to watch out for. For more information on how to help your pet age gracefully, please contact your local Greencross Vet clinic on 5490 8333 or visit https://www.greencrossvets.com.au/.
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