At seven years old, cats and dogs are considered seniors. The needs of dogs and cats change as they grow older. Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic understands these changes and will cater your dog or cat’s health plan to meet his or her needs. With the increased risk of different health issues, our vets recommend that senior pets have physical exams every six months. Blood work should continue to be checked once a year and regular teeth cleanings should continue. Your vet will watch for changes in behaviors you are seeing at home and will be mindful of possible disease processes.
We have ten simple tips that will help you extend your pet’s golden years and help them feel their best when the effects of age start to show:
- Schedule veterinarian checkups at least twice a year. The older your senior cat, the more important it is to maintain good health.
- Be more informed and aware of your senior cat’s condition. Observe your cat on a regular basis to stay on top of any potential symptoms of diseases.
- To ease digestion, consider feeding your cat several meals a day instead, of one large serving.
- Avoid overfeeding – obesity can lead to numerous health problems and may shorten your cat’s life.
- Keep your cat on a regular exercise routine to help preserve muscle tone and to keep bones and joints strong.
- Don’t overlook your cat’s dental health. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned by your veterinarian when advised, and brush them at home on a regular basis.
- Have your veterinarian perform regular vaccinations.
- Keep your senior cat’s bed and surrounding area clean, and always remain proactive in controlling fleas.
- Because senior cats are prone to inactivity, inspect your cat’s nails on a regular basis and trim them when necessary.
- Don’t forget to give your cat plenty of love and attention – the keys to a healthier and more fulfilling life for your senior cat!
The needs of the senior pets are different from those of puppies and kittens and adult cats and dogs. Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic will help you keep your pet on a healthy schedule no matter his or her age.