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Caring For Elderly Pets

Just like people, old pets tend to slow down and start suffering from a range of geriatric medical problems.

Dr. Melissa Meehan explores the pet ageing process and lets you know how to make your cat or dog's twilight years more comfortable...

Top Tips

  • Aging pets can suffer from hearing loss. Make sure your old pet can hear you by changing your tone, such as speaking in a loud and deep voice.
  • Aging pets may lose some sight or suffer blurred vision. Though they can still see, their vision may be hazy. It is normal for aging eyes to change colour slightly. Consult your vet if your dog experiences a rapid loss of sight or you suspect something more serious is going on.
  • Old dogs suffer from aches and pains as well as arthritis and might take a little longer getting up or jumping into a car. Ask your vet about pain-relieving arthritis medication and glucosamine supplements.
  • Cats though more nimble can also get arthritis. Both cats and dogs that are aging need comfortable bedding that is raised off the ground for a good nights sleep and comfy resting area.
  • Dogs can also become grumpy with old age or suffer from dementia. Be sure to introduce new people slowly and gently.

Consult a vet when your pet starts to show signs of aging to ensure that your dog or cat lives healthily and happily into old age.