Health Care Tips For Your Senior Pets
An animal that has been around the family for the past ten to twenty years will probably feel apart of the family. Children probably do not understand that animals have very finite life spans, but for the sake of everyone’s heart, it is best to keep that critter in good condition for as long as possible. The following are health care tips for your senior pet, and are about prolonging happiness:
1. Keep an aging animal indoors most of the time. Getting outdoors is healthy for any animal, but only during good weather. During cold or wet weather, it is better that a dog or cat be indoors. While pets of all ages can have strong immune systems, they are more susceptible as they age. An older animal has fewer resources to fight off an infection.
2. Go to the vet more often. Routine checkups will tell if an animal is facing any complications. Not all terminal illnesses are caused by pathogens. Often it is the pet’s body beginning to fail on its own. Getting a heads up can avert some problems and provide early treatment in others.
3. Give an older pet routine exercise. While an aging body can endure less stress, basic exercise is about keeping it strong. Just as a human senior who lifts weights can defy age and even combat osteoporosis, vigorous walks will keep an old animal strong. This is not heavy exercise so much as mild aerobics. A little workout can go a long way.
4. Keep away from other agressive animals. Dogs naturally form a hierarchy, and do to by fighting. Dogs can transmit diseases by nipping and even by sharing saliva. A younger dog can stand up to this treatment, but an older one risks broken bones and diseases which it is not prepared to fight.
5. Do not skimp on worm medication. Parasites suck the life out of an animal, either by making its meals less nutritious or by attacking your pets internal systems. Either can cause critical vitamin deficiencies, and older pets have fewer vitamins to spare. Keeping parasites away can keep an animal healthy much longer.