It’s no surprise that our senior dogs and cats require a little extra love and care. Over the years, we’ve become more knowledgable thanks to improved vet care and healthier dietary habits, so our animals can often live prolonged and happier lives!
As the primary care taker, you play a big role in detecting early signs of disease because you interact and care for your pet on a daily basis and are familiar with your pet’s behavior and routine. If your pet is showing any change in behavior, contact your veterinarian and provide them with a list of the changes you have observed in your dog or cat. A few possible behavioral changes to look for are:
– Increased reaction to sound
– Increased vocalization
– Confusion and anxiety
– Decreased interaction with the family
– Increased irritability, aggressive or protective behavior
– Decreased response to commands
– House soiling
– Decreased self-hygiene and grooming
– Increased wandering
– Change in sleep cycles
We love our animals and need to be extra attentive as they grow in age! Talk to your veterinarian about how to care for your older dog or cat, and be prepared for possible age-related health issues. Senior pets require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and in some cases alterations to their home environment. Senior animals may have a few extra gray whiskers, but that’s just one more thing we love about them!
For more information about caring for your senior animal, visit www.avma.org and www.healthypet.com