Once your vet has a baseline for comparison, as your pet ages, we can as a team address issues of aging and health concerns. Three areas where senior pets typically need assistance are:
Senior pets can benefit from pet food that is specially formulated with their aging bodies in mind. Because they often get less exercise than younger pets, older pets need to be monitored for obesity. Senior diets can also help provide your pet with the special nutrients older pets need.
Just like older humans, geriatric pets need to keep moving to prevent their bodies from deteriorating more rapidly. Some dogs and cats need an adjustment to their exercise programs to accommodate arthritis and other problems of the musculoskeletal system. Your vet can assist you in creating an exercise program that maintains your pet’s vitality without putting a strain on the body.
Pain is used as a fourth vital sign, along with pulse, respiration, and temperature, to assess how an animal is functioning and feeling. Acute pain comes on suddenly, and is usually the result of an infection, an injury, or surgery. Chronic pain is long lasting and develops over time, such as with arthritis. Let your vet know about any kind of pain you feel your pet is experiencing, so together you can put together a pain management plan that could include medication, weight loss, adjustments to exercise, and alternative therapies.