Is your pet getting old? Here are ways to care for your senior pet

Our pets with their unconditional love become an indispensable part of our lives and as they approach old age it is heartbreaking to watch them struggle with health issues. It is important to take special care of our adorable animal companions in their old age and this includes giving them the right food with balanced nutrition, making sure they get exercise, scheduling regular appointments with veterinarians and give them the necessary supplements in addition to their diet. (Also read: Mental health benefits of sleeping with your pet)



“From their undying love, loyalty and affection to their constant ability to make us happy, it is true that pets serve us greatly throughout their lives. Therefore, it is important that we take care of them. them and that we care for them through their senior years. Every pet owner’s journey includes caring for senior pets, and as our pets age and mature, their needs and necessities also increase,” says Devanshi Shah, Founder and CEO of PetKonnect.

When do cats and dogs get old

Cats are generally considered “senior” at the age of 11, while for dogs it depends on their size. The American Kennel Club states that smaller breeds like Chihuahuas are considered to be between 7 and 10 years old, while larger breeds, like Great Danes, are considered to be aged around 6 years old. This is because large dogs often age faster than their small breed counterparts due to their shorter lifespan.



Tips to improve your senior pet’s quality of life by Shah:

1. Give them the right nutrition: All pets should receive the best possible nutrition throughout their lives, but older pets require extra care. Older pets may have certain health issues, which can also impact what foods they should and shouldn’t eat. Be sure to give them the right food and consult your veterinarian about the best food for your pet if they have a particular disease.

2. Make sure your senior pet leads a healthy life, both mentally and physically: Ensuring your dog gets regular exercise can help promote healthy aging and reduce chronic symptoms, allowing him to interact with other dogs and explore his surroundings. In addition, brain activity should be encouraged and training activities should be scheduled for them. Play games with treats as prizes if they are food-motivated.



3. Visit the vet more frequently: Most people are used to taking their pet to the vet once a year, but as pets get older, their risk of developing cancer, arthritis, and other health issues increases. Additionally, pain signals are sometimes overlooked in pets and they age faster than humans. Pets are often modest in the face of changes in their health. Older pets are especially in need of frequent veterinary checkups as they are more susceptible to disease and are also more likely to have dental issues.

4. Use supplements if needed: Supplements can improve the nutritional value of an animal’s diet and help in the development and maintenance of many different body parts. This is especially true for older pets who need different additional nutrients due to various health issues. For example, omega fatty acid supplements are beneficial for pets with skin or joint problems, and cranberry supplements may be beneficial for pets with urinary issues. Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s special needs and if there are any supplements you can give them to keep them in top shape.



Although aging is a natural part of life, it is never pleasant to see our pets grow old. Getting the most out of our best furry friends and spending quality time with them is more essential than ever. So spend time with them, take care of them and cherish them forever because they deserve all of this and more.

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