Most of us, including my wife, love the golden leaves of late September and early October. But what may also be on many of our minds, is how our pets are in there golden years, and may be due for a checkup. September is actually National Senior Pet Health Month and it’s vital to their health to be given a clean bill of health. Many senior animals with deal with the difficulties of aging, as we do, but it is our job to make things easier on them with regular health evaluation done by your vet, plenty of exercise and regular tick checks. Though our beloved animals may not be puppies or kittens any longer, senior animals still require your attention and assistance to stay healthy.
Autumn is the perfect time to take your companion in for a checkup. Ask your vet about any specific medications for arthritis, which can be very common among older canines. Also inquire about a higher nutrient-rich brand of dog or cat food that can provide for an older animals needs. You should also want to ask about any general side effects that your older dog or cat may endure, keeping breed and sex of the animal in mind.
Aarff.com is an amazing site dedicated to many things, including the changes in your senior dogs and what to expect. One specific ailment my pooch has gone through is Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) or Doggie Alzheimer’s Syndrome, which is a condition that appears to be a geriatric onset of gradual behavioral changes in dogs and some cats. Learn more about this from Holistic Vet Petcare.
Moving on, I would also like to address keeping a regular schedule of walking. This can prove to be helpful for your dog, as well as for you. Though your older pet may begin to slow down physically, that should not mean you stop going for walks. If you have somehow managed to train your cat to walk on a leash, it can be preferable to bring them out this way then letting them free roam. Understandably so, your older pet may become less social and it should never be a bad idea to continue bringing them places. Dogs will benefit greatly from trips to the dog park. It can take some time to warm them up, but you’ll be happy to see your companion put in the occasional sprint after a runaway bouncing ball. In many cases, your older dog may just sit by your side, but we all know how dogs love fresh air and sunshine.
My ultimate reason for writing this is to help with the glooming realization that your pet may not have many days left with you. The ideas I have written about can prove to be a great coping mechanism as well as providing some special time with your pets. Coming from a true animal lover who has seen many of my favorite pets pass away in my time on this planet, I find spending the last days together in special ways can provide lasting memories. Remember, we are all together in this long journey we call life, share it.