Senior pets are special animals that require special care to ensure they are receiving the best possible attention as they live through their senior years. Our staff at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville, FL, can help you give your pet the proper care they need for the highest possible quality of life. Below, let's take a closer look at some modifications you may have to make to better accommodate for your senior pet.
As your pet ages, their activity level will decrease. This means that your pets are not using and burning as many calories during the day as they once did. It is important to maintain a healthy diet for your senior pet that is lower in calories. Finding a specialized cat or dog food specifically designed for senior animals is a great way to make sure your pet does not become obese. Supplementing your pet's food with green beans is a great alternative to not only keep your pet full but reduce the number of calories they are eating. Obesity in pets can become serious and lead to other health concerns such as diabetes. Senior pets are particularly prone to obesity so their diet should be closely monitored.
Older pets still require exercise, although modified exercise routines are recommended. Keep exercise and play sessions to shorter time durations, maybe 15-20 minutes. For senior pets, it is better to have several short exercise sessions instead of one long, continuous play session. Also, consider changing the type of exercise and play. Many older pets have soreness in their joints. Running and walking on hard pavement can be painful. A great alternative is swimming. Taking your pet to swim is a low impact exercise that your pet will enjoy.
Many older pets have trouble getting the vitamins and minerals required for overall health in their diets. Consider using vitamins to help supplement their diet. Many vitamins are available in a liquid form, added to water or food, or in treat-like chewables. Joint supplements, such as glucosamine, are perfect for aging pets with painful joints. Glucosamine can help reduce pain and inflammation in your pet's joints, allowing them to enjoy exercise and play time.
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At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center we want to treat your pet through all stages of life. Senior pets require specialized care and certain modifications to help them live a fulfilling and happy life. Our animal hospital is staffed with a team of caring veterinarian professionals who will treat your pet as if he or she were one of our own. Our office is conveniently located at 4209 NW 37th Place, Gainesville FL, 32606. To learn more about how we can help your pet, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 352-373-8055.