Growing Old Gracefully
Time fies when you're having fun and it can be easy to overlook the fact that your pet is getting older. It might seem like that cute little ball of fluff came to brighten up your life only yesterday, but if your pet is more than 8 years old, then the senior years have arrived. No major cause for alarm though as with some thoughtful understanding and consideration these can be some of your best years together.
This section looks at the nutrition, care and lifestyle for cats and dogs entering what is considered to be their senior phase of life. It suggests ways in which you can easily manage these changes and adapt the care regime for your special friend. Your vet can also assist you by explaining how you can actively help in monitoring your pet's health at home.
The life expectancy of dogs and cats varies widely. Although we can't prevent the ageing process, by feeding aspecifically formulated premium quality diet like ADVANCE™ Senior and modifying home care, you can help ensure your pet continues to lead a healthy active life.
Keep Life Interesting
The world often becomes smaller for older animals. Walks become shorter, their ability to perceive and interact with the world becomes more limited and they often rely on you to provide an environment in which they feel safe, secure and as comfortable as possible. This can mean appropriate veterinary care and medications as a first point of call.
However, it's the little things that often make all the difference for your elderly pet. Take some time for a relaxing cuddle, provide an extra soft bed or fill a feed dispensing toy and encourage your dog to find it. Maybe drive to the park for a leisurely stroll or just provide a break from a young child who wants to play all day. Even just getting up in the middle of the night to let your dog out to urinate can help make a difference.
Puppy and kitten thrills and spills can be great fun. But there's also a lot to be said for sitting quietly by the fire with a long trusted friend who seems to know your very thoughts while she happily purrs or snores away beside you.