Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine, pets are living longer, healthier lives just like their human families are. And just like people, pets can suffer from aging-related healthcare issues.

 

As pet owners, we want to do everything we can to keep our pets feeling happy and healthy as long as possible. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, we’re committed to supporting pet owners as they care for their senior furry family members. In this post, we’re sharing tips for keeping your mature pet in good health. Give us a call to schedule veterinarian care for your senior pet today!

When is a Pet Considered “Senior”?

It’s a mistake to think pet age in human years can be easily calculated by multiplying it by a certain number. Although age can vary by breed, most small dogs and cats are considered geriatric after seven years old, while larger dogs are considered geriatric past six years old.

 

Just like humans, pets become more susceptible to aging-related illnesses like these as they age:

 

●        Liver disease

●        Kidney disease

●        Heart disease

●        Joint and bone disease

●        Cancer

●        Weakness

●        Senility

●        Diabetes

 

Here are some key ways you can help your pet live a longer, healthier life:

1.    Weight Management and Diet

When dogs and cats are young, it can seem like they can eat anything. But as pets get older, their digestive systems can become more sensitive. It’s important to choose a healthy diet plan that’s geared toward geriatric pet care. Additionally, just as humans can put on a few pounds in their middle age, pets can become prone to weight gain with reduced activity. Helping your pet maintain a healthy weight will give him more energy and better overall health.

2.    Regular Veterinarian Care

As pets age, it’s important to schedule more frequent veterinarian care appointments including pet vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and general pet care checkups. When your pet is seen by the vet regularly, serious health problems are also more likely to get caught early, which means better outcomes in the long run.

3.    Regular Exercise

Keeping your pet active is important for bone and joint health and maintenance. Additionally, keeping your pet mentally alert can help stave off dementia. Be sure to schedule walks for your dog or give your cat plenty of opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation.

Schedule Your Edina Senior Pet Care

At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we love seeing pets and their families live out years of adventures together and we can’t wait to treat your senior pet! Give us a call at 952-831-8272 or contact us online to schedule your pet’s appointment today!