Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, pets are living longer, healthier lives. This means you’ll be able to enjoy your pet’s company well into his senior years. Learning how to care for your senior pet will enable him to live a higher quality of life as he ages. At Jackson Animal Clinic, our senior pet care services can help your furry friend enjoy optimal health at this stage of his life.
Defining “Senior" Pet
In general, however, cats are considered “senior” from the age of 7 onwards. Dogs are considered seniors anywhere between 7 and 11 years of age, depending on their size and breed. These are guidelines to keep in mind when evaluating the health and lifestyle of your pet.
Health Problems of Senior Pets
The older your pet gets, the more susceptible he is to developing health issues like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid problems, and periodontal disease. Depending on your pet’s age, he may also suffer from obesity, vision or hearing loss, and senility.
Many of these problems can be prevented by helping your pet live a healthy, active lifestyle in his younger years. Pet nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation play a key role in keeping your pet healthy and fit.
Senior Pet Care
We recommend your senior pet visit our clinic at least twice during the course of the year for a routine checkup. This enables our Jackson veterinarian to catch health problems early on, when they’re more treatable. Through more extensive diagnostic testing, we can uncover hidden health issues quicker to avoid delays in your pet’s treatment. Some health problems may even be prevented by a change in your senior pet’s diet, exercise regimen, or lifestyle.
As pets grow older, their nutritional needs change due to living a less active lifestyle. Feeding your pet food that’s high in calories could lead to excess weight gain, as he’s no longer burning as many calories as before. Senior pets need more protein in their diet than calories for strength and energy.
By following science-based nutrition for pets, your furry friend can get greater nutritional value from his diet as he ages. Some pets may require prescription pet food to meet their dietary needs. To learn more about the health benefits of science-based nutrition for pets and prescription pet food, talk to our Jackson veterinarian. We’ll answer any questions you may have about pet nutrition and help you choose the healthiest diet for your senior pet.
Come to Jackson Animal Clinic for Senior Pet Care!
For senior pet care services you can trust, contact Jackson Animal Clinic in Jackson at (731) 668-1440.