Caring for Senior Pets
When choosing a dog or cat as a pet, many people get their companion as a puppy/kitten or young adult. Whether you get your pet at a young age or are looking to adopt a senior pet, he is going to age eventually and at a faster rate than a human. Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana, AZ, would like you to know some important facts about properly caring for your senior best friend.
Preventative Care for Your Senior Pet
Some preventative care that you can do for your pet doesn't take extreme effort nor does it require an animal hospital. Even before you have an aging pet, it is important to ensure that you give your pet a healthy diet and plenty of exercise to keep him in top shape. If an animal becomes overweight, he is more prone to health conditions. By keeping him mobile, it should also help so that he doesn’t develop any kind of joint or muscle pain as he ages.
Pain Management for Your Senior Pet
When you have a geriatric animal in your home, there is a good chance that he is in some pain from his old age. Sometimes your pet may try to hide his pain from his instinctual survival mode, so it is important to pay special attention. If your pet has any of the following tell-tale signs, he may be in pain and need to see a vet:
- whimpering or whining often
- becoming inactive or withdrawn
- decreased appetite
- not wanting to play, walk, or be active
If you believe your animal is in pain, there are some ways that you can help with his pain management. By bringing your dog or cat to the veterinarian, we may be able to prescribe medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or in more severe cases, opioids or corticosteroids.
Get a Veterinarian for Your Senior Pet in Marana, AZ
Dove Mountain Veterinary is here to help you and your pet live your best lives together. When you need to bring your senior pet to a veterinarian or animal hospital, we are here for you. We pride ourselves in providing the best care possible for all of our furry patients. Call us today at (520) 448-9690 to schedule an appointment.