Your pet has been good to you and your family over the years. That is why it is important that you offer the best possible care to your best friend in their golden years. At Animal Hospital of Loves Park, we have you covered during those years when your pet needs help most. The more you understand the special needs of your aging pet, the better prepared you are to meet your pet’s needs. These are a few areas where your older pet may need additional care as they age.

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Weight Control for Senior Pets

It is important to pay close attention to the type of diet you are feeding your older pet and how much exercise it is getting. Some older pets develop specific dietary needs as they age and many of the mass-marketed foods claiming to be for older pets do more harm than good for the diet, leading to obesity (which brings a host of medical conditions along with it).

Dental Health & Your Pet’s Weight

Another dietary issue with senior pets involves the state of their teeth. Dental health is important for pets from day one. They cannot brush their own teeth. There are, however, toys and treats that can help and your veterinarian can work with you to conduct dental exams and teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth. Without healthy teeth, though, foods that were once easy for your pet to eat, present challenges and may even cause pain. Pay close attention to your pet’s teeth and its diet to ensure it’s getting the right nutritional balance.

The Importance of Exercise

Exercise is the other side of the equation that must be addressed to help your pet maintain optimal weight for its body. The problem is that aging pets cannot keep up with the pace they were once able to. You will need to exercise in short bursts and may need to do so more frequently to promote better heart and joint health. If your pet shows signs of stiffness or soreness after exercising, consider discussing supplements for joint movement with your vet.

Addressing Age-Related Pet Health Issues

Additionally, aging pets require more frequent checkups and veterinary care. Older pets face increased risks for many common health issues, just as humans do. Among the issues to watch for in senior pets are:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Joint Disease
  • Senility

Call Animal Hospital of Loves Park Today!

You have had many amazing years with your pet. Now that your pet is older, you want to make sure you place him in knowledgeable and caring hands like those of the staff at Animal Hospital of Loves Park. We can help you find the right diet for your aging pet, understand its evolving exercise requirements, and check for various conditions that are common among aging animals.