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HEALTHY AGEING: CARING FOR THE SENIOR PET

There’s a lot you can do to help your pet enjoy a happy and healthy old age. Just like us, as our pets age there are some inevitable changes.  For example, joints and muscles get stiff and sore, hearing and sight may dim and health problems can emerge.

And, just like us there is a lot you can do to maximise good health for your cat and dog in old age. 

Here’s a few things you can start at any age to set your pet up for healthy ageing.

  • Feed a good quality, complete and balanced diet
  • Stick to healthy treats and resist over-feeding that cute doggo or kitty, no matter how sweet they are when they ask
  • Fitness – enjoy taking regular walks with your pooch, playing games at home with your cat
  • Mental stimulation – try puzzle feeders, training and tricks – yes, you can teach an old dog or old cat new tricks, there are lots of great ideas online

Here’s a few ways to check if your pet might have arthritis pain. 

– You might notice that your older pet is slowing down or changing where they choose to spend their time.  

– Sore joints and loss of muscle strength can make it harder for your pet to jump up onto their normal bed or hang-out spot. 

– For some older dogs, arthritis can make getting up to standing position on slippery surfaces like wooden floorboards tricky. 

There’s a lot of treatments your vet can help you with to  manage the pain and discomfort of arthritis and other age-related health issues. 

Acupuncture can be a great help as well. It won’t interfere with any medications or other treatments you may be using and is a great way to relieve pain. 

You can also use acupuncture to make sure your younger pet remains strong and balanced, so they don’t end up over-using certain joints, putting them under stress and setting them up for problems later in life.

Speak to us at Beaches Pet Therapies to learn more about how acupuncture can help improve the quality of life for your senior pet.

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