Ageing Pets: Cathy's tips!

Every pet owner should know these 10 TIPS for Older Pets! Just like caring for aged humans, pets need extra care and attention. These tips and CLUES will help you make sure that your pet has the best quality of life as he or she transitions into old age, plus save you TONS of future vet bills! Cathy Samuel, Pet Health Consultant gives us her best advice, this is what she says….

Older Pets: Cathy's Tips! 

#Watch food habits
Cathy says: "When pets head into old age they require less food, but more nutrient value. You may see that your pet starts to leave his food or eat slowly. Weight may also increase due to less activity from sore joints, so watch out for this as extra weight puts your pet's body under enormous strain. Speak to your vet about making diet adjustments for older pets so that they get adequate nutrition while maintaining a healthy weight."
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#Teeth inspection and nails
Cathy says: "Be familiar with the odour of your pet's breath so that you can notice any drastic changes. look at your pet's teeth and gums regularly to see if you can spot tartar build up and/or gum disease. In a healthy mouth, gums should be nice and pink with a smooth surface (instead of pink, sometimes the normal coloring is black in pigmented gums). Your dogs gums should be uniform in texture with no lumps or bumps. They should cover the entire tooth root system, allowing only the crown of the tooth to be exposed. Tartar build up will look like yellow cement. Nails may also need to be trimmed more regularly - watch out as long nails will hamper your pets mobility and range of movement and may cause injury."
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#Wheezing or coughing
Cathy says: "I always watch to see if Holly and Silky are still keen to go for walks when I pick up the leads. Watch out for signs that your pet is more lethargic or not as keen to go up the familiar hill on your route. This can be a sign of joint trouble and arthritis as well as lack of energy. Both my dogs are on the Muscle and Joint Support remedy full-time to help support their bones, muscle and tendons as they get older, as well as the Energy tonic to help give a natural boost of pep daily."
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#Mobility
Cathy says: "Cats are known for lazing around, but watch out for how your cat grooms herself - can she still reach everywhere? Is the base of her tail neglected? Does she struggle to jump onto the counters now? These can be signs of arthritis - you may notice your dog giving a small whimper or moan as he gets up or lays down. Often I hear pet owners say 'he's just a bit stiff' but stiffness and lameness is a serious issue and requires some treatment so that your ageing animal can have relief and ease of movement. I would recommend Muscle and Joint Support which contains Devil's Claw which is found in the Kalahari Desert and which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Devil's Claw is used world-wide for osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism, small joint disease and lower backache."   
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#Dementia
Cathy says: "Unfortunately, dementia can affect pets too. Look out for inappropriate vocalization (barking or meowing in the middle of the night), loss of house training (urinary accidents), getting "lost" in a corner or part of the house, and not interacting with family members as before. Speak to your vet if you notice any of these signs." 

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What you can do to help!

#6 Make all bedding firm, but not hard and nice & thick for support and comfort and to avoid strain on joints if it is too soft.
 
#7 Use plastic sheets under bedding in case of bladder mishaps, special nappies may be needed for very old pets. (Never scold a pet for a bladder accident).
 
#8 Place ramps and steps up to couches and beds so that joints are not pressured when jumping on and off furniture.
 
#9 Have a quiet place in the house where your pet can go to get some peace and let family members know not to disturb him.
 
#10 Take cues from your pet: if he is sleeping, let sleeping dogs lie wink


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