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Feeding a Senior Pet

Is your pet in or near their golden years? Our animal companions are just as cute as seniors as they are as babies! As your furry pal ages, you may need to make some adjustments to your pet’s care regimen and diet. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet discusses feeding senior pets.

Supplements

Certain supplements may be beneficial for older pets. For instance, fish oil can help keep pets’ bones and joints lubricated. This can help pets deal with the pain from hip dysplasia or arthritis, which are both quite common in older pets. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Dental Issues

Keep an eye out for signs of dental issues. Bad breath; reduced appetite; crankiness; excessive or bloody drool; and visible tartar buildup are often warning signs in both dogs and cats. Fluffy and Fido may also start showing a preference for softer foods, and may take longer eating. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Senior Formula

Ask your vet for specific advice on moving your pet over to a senior-formula cat food. When it’s time to make this change, you’ll want to do so slowly, over the course of a few weeks. Changing your pet’s diet too quickly could cause gastro-intestinal problems. You don’t want to upset that furry belly!

Treats

Just like people, pets slow down as they age. This makes it very easy for them to pack on extra pounds. Chubby pets may be cute, but they also face some very serious health risks, such as heart disease and diabetes. It’s fine to give your furball treats, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks. Ask your vet for more information.

Dishes

There are a few simple things you can do to make your home more comfortable for your furry buddy. If you have a dog, consider getting Fido elevated dinner dishes, which are easier for him to eat from. As for kitties, they should be fine eating from dishes on the floor. If you have a dog and a cat, you may have been feeding Fluffy on a counter or bench to keep Fido out of her food. This is fine, but make sure your cat doesn’t have a hard time reaching her food.

Do you have questions about your pet’s diet? Contact Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA animal clinic, anytime!

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