To keep your pets healthy and happy as they age, take them to the veterinarian at least once a year. Preventative care can detect future problem or prevent certain aliments from worsening. Some pets may need to go to the veterinarian more often depending on their health conditions.
Just like people, pets have to watch their weight to feel good and to look good. An overweight pet usually is susceptible to more health problems including, joint pain, arthritis, kidney malfunctions and diabetes.
Reduce the amount of special treats you feed your pets. Pets love their treats and may be hard to resist, but every extra treat brings along extra calories they will have to burn off to be at a healthy weight. So, when they are begging for kibble keep in mind their health is at stake.
It’s best to feed your pet once a day or in smaller amounts a few times a day. Don’t forget to remove any food left in the bowl after they have finished eating. Explain to your children that sneaking food to the family pet can have negative consequences.
A consistent supply of fresh water is crucial for your pet to stay healthy and hydrated. Sometimes older pets have trouble reaching the water bowl. If so, use an elevated water dish and place it in a central location so they will always have a drink nearby.
Short, regular walks are a great way to keep your pet healthy. Such activity will keep your pet’s circulation flowing and muscles limber. Regular walks will also provide your pet with mental stimulation and a change of scenery.
As your pet ages you may find they can no longer digest dry food or it may be too hard on its teeth. When that happens, switch to moist or canned dog food.
Exercise, a proper diet and visits to the veterinarian, will go along way toward keeping your pet its healthiest and maximize its lifespan.