Due to growing advancements in dietary health, diagnostics, and veterinary care, animals are living longer, healthier lives. One fact to keep in mind is that senior pets need more than physical care, overall emotional health and well-being are also key components in animal life span development. Research has proven that senior pets, when given the proper attention and care, not only live longer but have a high quality of life in those added years.
Much like humans, animals grow and gain new ailments as they age. Dogs and cats vary in age advancement, and people have to factor in location, animal size, and other environmental elements. Throughout the aging process, elderly pets can obtain cancer, kidney failure, heart disease, arthritis, and brain dysfunction.
Areas of concern for aging pets include increased veterinary care, weight management, parasite control, mental health, environmental health, and reproductive health. There are several early warning signs that can determine possible behavior shifts in elderly pets. These symptoms can consist of the following:
- Increased reaction to sound
- Increased irritability
- Increased thirst
- Loss of bladder control
- Change in sleeping habits
- Change in appetite
- Change in body weight
- Exercise intolerance
- Change in areas of skin color
- Unusual bowel habits
Pet owners need to keep each of these in mind, if/when your animal begins to show aging symptoms. Your veterinarian can educate you and develop a set wellness plan for your pet’s needs immediately. Goals that are setup under a specific wellness strategy will receive proven results that help your pet live longer and happier lives.