Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.
- Milan Kundera
As our pets begin to age, they often develop a host of health problems. Older pets are prone to obesity, muscle and joint problems, heart, kidney and liver disease. Now is the time when your four-legged friend needs you more than ever and as a pet owner, it is your duty to ensure that his golden years are comfortable. Certain lifestyle changes and dietary considerations may need to be made to accommodate your pet’s specific needs.
- Consult your vet to identify any health problems that your pet may have and obtain advice on what would be the best way to manage it.
- Make your pet’s sleeping area comfortable, warm and dry.
- If your pet is used to sleeping upstairs, move his bed downstairs for easier access. For pets with mobility problems, invest in an orthopaedic bed, install a ramp to make walking easier and elevate their feeding bowls so that eating will be less of a strain on them.
- Use 100% natural MobiLive Pets to relieve stiffness in swollen joints, reduce pain and promote healthy muscle and bones.
- Create a quiet space that acts as a safe haven because older pets are often disturbed by noise and movement.
- Older pets need frequent bathroom breaks as they cannot hold it for long. For cats, place litter boxes around the home, while dogs need to be taken outside more often. Aging pets may leak urine while sleeping and they need to be wiped off and bedding washed. A good idea is to get a waterproof bed protector and some homeopathic remedies that help with incontinence.
- Some pets may lose their sense of taste and smell. Adding warm water to food can help to stimulate their appetite.
- Feed your pet small meals more often.
- Exercise your pet regularly but do so in moderation.
- Most of all, be patient and understanding and give your pet lots of tender loving care!
Older Pets and Obesity
Obesity in pets is a commonly highlighted problem and if you have an aging pet it is particularly important to be vigilant about their weight. Serious health risks are posed to older pets that are over weight from heart problems to increased muscle and joint pain and inflammation. Aging pets are susceptible to gaining weight more so than any other age group due to becoming less active, with some breeds being more prone to obesity than others. In dogs, older pets are twice more likely to become overweight compared to younger dogs due not only to decreased activity but genetic factors as well as high-calorie diets also play important roles. Older pets tend to run around less, becoming more dependent on their owners for exercise. Stats have also shown that pet owners over the age of 40 are twice as likely to have obese dogs compared to younger pet owners. So, if this describes you then getting into a consistent exercise routine with your pet will do you both some good! Another interesting statistic shows that around one-third of owners with obese pets are in denial about their pet's weight problems. So for the sake of your pet's health and to promote vitality and longevity it is important to keep an eye on your pet as he or she gets older. Watch out for signs of a slowing metabolism and adjust their diet accordingly keeping their exercise regime consistent – seek advice from your vet for additional guidance.