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"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog (or cat!)" -Sydney Jeanne Seward 

Ask your veterinarian about food, supplements, medication and products that may help your senior pet!

What age does my pet have to be in order to be considered a senior pet? 

Cat – 8 years old
Small Dog – 9 years old
Medium Dog – 8 years old
Large Dog – 6 years old

How you can help your senior pet

Bring your pet in for a wellness appointment once or twice a year.

Have testing done at least once yearly. Suggested tests include: Examination (checks for physical abnormalities); Blood Chemistry Profile (tests organ function);  Urinalysis (tests for urinary infection and problems); Radiographs (checks for arthritis, heart disease, tumors, and other abnormalities); Electrocardiogram (ECG-tests heart function).

Maintain its appropriate weight by balancing your pet’s food intake with its activity level.

Exercise your pet regularly:

Physical: You may need to slow down, take shorter walks, or take your dog swimming if it has problems walking. You can exercise your cat using a laser pointer or toys.

Mental: You can exercise your pets mentally by hiding treats or toys and letting them find them, letting them watch T.V. or listen to the radio, letting them sniff, see and play with items or people, and more!

Keep up with your pet’s dental care. When teeth are neglected, your pet can have bad breath, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loss of teeth, painful chewing, and possibly disease in the heart, lungs and kidneys.

Feed your pet the proper food. We carry or can order many types of food for your senior pet. Some of these include food that can help with aging changes in the brain, joints, skin, urinary tract, weight, kidney, liver, and heart.

If your pet has a health condition, ask your veterinarian about medication or supplements that can help.

Observe your pet’s personality, food and water intake, urination and defecation, and overall appearance often and call your vet if you notice any changes.

Your senior pet may have special needs due to age-related changes. Some of these include: a ramp or steps to get onto a bed or into a car, a bed that keeps them warm or cool & comfortable, a comfortable temperature in your home and car, more frequent trips outside to potty, and most important, your patience and loving care.

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Pets & Friends Animal Hospital, L.L.C.

3625 Baltimore Ave. • Pueblo, CO 81008 • 719-542-2022 / fax 719-545-6261