Senior Pet Wellness

Senior Pet Wellness

Aging Pets Have Different Needs

As pets age, their healthcare needs change as they become more susceptible to certain health issues. The risk of disease increases with age and has the potential to worsen within a matter of weeks. It is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure they stay happy and healthy well into their golden years. Early detection can help prevent disease and minimize the suffering of an older pet. So celebrate your senior pet’s health in September!

Getting Older Means Going to the Vet More Often

While annual check-ups are important for pets of all ages, making more frequent vet visits is especially important for mature pets. We consider pets that are seven years old and older to be senior-aged pets. At this stage in their lives, dogs and cats are more susceptible to contracting health issues, including the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Certain types of cancer

We recommend bringing your senior pet to our facility at least twice a year for head-to-tail examinations and evaluations, vaccinations, and lab tests. Routine visits to Woodland allow our veterinary team to stay on top of your senior pet’s health and keep you in the know about any potential ailments.

How to Keep Your Senior Pets Happy & Healthy

Regular veterinary check-ups are some of the easiest ways to ensure the health of your mature pet, but there are a few other things you can do to keep your senior pet happy and healthy, including:

  • Mobility Aids – Senior pets may not be able to get around as easily as they used to. You can provide assistance by placing ramps for access to high areas like beds and furniture and adding rugs for improved traction on slippery flooring.
  • Exercise — Exercise is just as important for senior pets as it is for younger pets. It keeps them mobile, boosts their mood, and impedes weight gain.
  • Comfortable Bedding — If you haven’t already done so, consider providing your senior pet with a soft, supportive bed for naptime and bedtime.
  • Healthy Diet – Aging pets should eat food that is tailored to their age group for optimal digestion and caloric intake.
  • Careful Monitoring – Keep a lookout for changes in your pet’s behavior and mood, as they may indicate a health condition. Pay special attention to eating, drinking, sleeping, and bathroom patterns. Make sure to let your vet know about any changes.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your mature pet’s health, Senior Pet Wellness Month is the perfect time to give Woodland a call. We’re always open—even on holidays and weekends!