How to Take Care of Elderly Pets
Dog years pass by more quickly than human years so fifteen years is a literally a lifetime for a pooch. It might not feel that long since you’ve raised that little bugger as a pup. Now you feel a little snap has been taken off its step and that your pet isn’t quite as enthusiastic as before. Everyone’s got to grow old sometime. So how do you repay your aging pet after years of service and loyalty? Take care of it and see it through its twilight years.
First up, the tell-tale signs of a pet growing old: graying fur, deafness, cloudy discoloration of the eyes.
Bring your pet to the veterinarian to have the critter checked out one in a while. Older pets are more susceptible to disease.
Diet changes might be necessary for obese and overweight pets. Since they wouldn’t be as active anymore, you need to monitor their food intake. Ask your vet about this. Obese pets can easily contract heart disease. If your pet has a chronic cough, rapid breathing, and can’t quite take a morning walk around the block can mean heart trouble.
Speaking of diseases, oral infections in a pet, skin growths, and discoloration and change in odor of urine means that there’s something wrong with your pet.
If your pet starts to deviate from its toilet training, then it just might be a sign of more problems. If it can’t quite get outside for a pee, then it might have some problems with its kidneys. Have the vet check it out. Be compassionate though, and not cut back on its liquids. A relocation of its bedding and food and water dish to somewhere near the door might be needed to allow the pet to go about its business quickly outside.
Make your pet a bit more comfortable. Add some more cushions to its bedding. A warm blanket is always welcome.
January 27, 2008 Sunday at 4:51 pm