November is Senior Pet Health Month which makes this the perfect time to talk about how to keep your senior pets happy and healthy.
Pick the Right Food
It's important that you pick the right food for your aging pet as well as feed the correct amount. Choose food that is specially formulated for older pets.
Keep Them Active
Pets lacking adequate physical activity can lose muscle mass and cognitive function much faster than active pets. Set target activity goals with your vet.
Be a Watch Dog
No one knows your pet like you do. Keep an eye out for sudden changes in your pet's appearance, activity level or behavior.
See the Vet Regularly
Regular vet exams are critical for early detection of problems. Visit every six months or as advised by your vet.
Know the Signs
These are some symptoms that may indicate a larger 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 coat