Keeping senior pets happy and healthy can be simple. Here are 5 easy tips to help you keep your pets physically and mentally healthy.
1. Give them the right food!
Pets that are in their senior years need to be kept on a strict diet to help them stay healthy. When it comes to feeding time we need to make sure we are picking the right food for them as well. Not only do we need to pick the right food for their age, we also need to feed them the correct amount every time and on a schedule. So when it comes time for you next grocery run make sure you read the label and find the food that is clearly labeled and formulated for older pets.
2. Keep Them Active
Just like us pets can become lazy over time, this is especially true in domestic cats. The lack of desire to hunt or chase their prey leaves them to become bored and lazy over time if we don’t find ways to keep them active! Pets lacking adequate physical activity can lose muscle mass & cognitive function much faster than pets that are active. With our busy schedule it can become difficult to always be on the go with them, something simple as a motivation toy can go a long way when we aren’t able to take them out for a walk. Be sure to set a target activity schedule with your veterinarian!
3. Become the “Watch Dog”
No one knows your pet like you do, so it’s important to keep a close eye on any sudden changes in your pet’s behavior, appearance and activity levels. Since our pets can only do so much to tell us what is bothering them we need to become their watch dogs. If we notice changes in their day to day, no matter how small of a change its always a good idea to keep track. If you notice anything that is out of their usual behavior please don’t hesitate to speak with your veterinarian.
4. Regular Check-Ups go a long way!
Make sure to visit your veterinarian every six months or as advised by your veterinarian. Regular veterinary exams are critical for early detection of any problems.
5. Know the Signs!
These symptoms may indicate a large problem:
- Changes in urination.
- Sudden increase or decrease in weight or appetite.
- Weakness or abrupt change in activity level.
- Sore mouth, vomiting or excessive coughing
- Lameness or limping
- Hair loss or change in quality of their coat.
See its not that difficult to help your senior pets stay healthy and happy! In addition to the basics LumaSoothe’s Light Therapy can help you provide them with pain relief. Light Therapy can also help with skin conditions and hair loss. If you notice your pets showing signs of limp or shedding excessively consider Light Therapy, the convenient easy to use and affordable way to help your pets stay healthy.