The Basics of Senior Pet Care
We love our pets, but when they age it becomes harder and harder to care for them. When your pet ages, there are certain issues that you might have to deal with, specific care instructions that need to be followed, and special considerations that need to be made. For those in the Helena area, Valley Veterinary Hospital of Helena is a fantastic option.
What is Special about Senior Pet Care?
Senior pets often need special care for a variety of reasons. They might have age related-illnesses, could be losing their vision, or they may just be experiencing the natural woes of getting older, like added weight and achy joints. No matter what your pets are going through, it is important to remember that pets do need special care as they age. Your senior pet may need more visits to the vet or animal hospital than a healthy young animal would. They are also likely to need special medication to help make their joints pain free and special food that their systems can tolerate. Some age-related illnesses to watch for are loss of vision, gastrointestinal problems, heart issues, and even cancer. The key to caring for a senior pet is to be compassionate and to find the care that works for your pet.
Caring for a Senior Pet
When caring for a senior animal, you may need to make adjustment to your home. Make your pet’s bed more accessible, make sure that his food and water are easy to find, and even find a place where your pet can sleep and eat while not making a mess. With senior animals, making sure that they are getting regular veterinarian visits and veterinary care is incredibly important. Senior animals are not able to withstand extreme swings in weather, tolerate some foods they once ate, and they are likely going to need some extra attention.
Contact Us Today!
At Valley Veterinary Hospital of Helena, we want to make sure your senior pet is cared for. Contact us today to schedule your visit.