How Do You Help Your Aged Pet Stay Happy?
May 11 2022
Keep feeding times and other routines consistent.
As pets get older, they often lose the ability to regulate their own body temperature. This means that keeping them warm at night is essential. Consider purchasing a heated blanket for your pet, especially if you live in a cold climate.
If you're not home at the same time each day or can't be there when your pet needs help getting outside to go to the bathroom, get a timed feeder for them! This gives them peace of mind knowing that their food will be available when they need it—and it reduces stress for both pet and owner. If you don't have one of these handy gadgets on hand, ask a friend or neighbor who lives nearby to come over during their workday so they can help out by filling up their kibble bowl every morning and evening!
Make changes to accommodate your pet's physical needs.
As your pet ages, it may be time to consider changes to their environment. Pets that could previously jump on the couch or climb stairs may need help getting up into those spaces. A ramp is an easy way to do this, and they can be found at most pet supply stores.
Your pet might also need help getting in and out of the car; look for a step stool that attaches to the side of your vehicle so you can get them in safely.
It's important to keep an eye out for signs of discomfort and pain as well; older pets may not show outward signs of pain or injury as readily as younger ones do (for example, they might limp instead of crying), but if you see any change in behavior it's worth making sure your vet knows about it so they can make recommendations based on how old your pet is (and what type of breed they are).
Finally, as with humans who are older than 65 years old, frequent vet visits become more important over time due to conditions such as dementia becoming more common after this age threshold has been reached
Young pets can be hard on older ones, so make sure both are getting the attention they need.
As you begin to notice that your cat or dog is aging, it's important to make sure they're getting the attention they need. This can be more difficult when you have a younger pet as well, but it's important that both are getting the love and care they deserve.
It's also important not to forget about yourself as a pet owner! As your pet ages, so will their health needs. Make sure you're keeping tabs on things like their weight and how much water they drink each day (you may want to invest in a scale for this). If your aging dog seems weak or out of breath after taking them for a walk around the block, then it might be time for a trip to the vet!
Find activities your pet will enjoy as they get older.
As your pet ages, it is important to keep them active and engaged. The best way to do this is by finding activities that they enjoy. Some pets love playing with their food or toys, while other cats may prefer a game of tag or hide-and-seek. If you have more than one cat in the home, it’s a good idea to rotate between which toys are available so that every cat gets their turn at playing with them.
If your pet has pain as they get older, it may be advised that certain types of activities be avoided due to joint issues or other health concerns. Talk to your vet if you have any questions about what type of playtime is right for them! It’s important not just for physical health but mental well being too!
Older pets need more vet visits, not less.
As your pet ages, he or she is more likely than ever to develop health problems. However, these issues can often be detected and treated early on. Regular vet visits are an important part of maintaining a happy and healthy pet.
Reevaluate your pet's diet.
As your pet ages, it's important to reevaluate their diet. They need fewer calories and more water, as well as more protein and fiber.
They may also experience digestive issues such as gas and constipation if they don't have enough fiber in their diet. If this is the case for your pet, consider adding a little canned pumpkin (the kind made for humans) or some psyllium husks to their food every day.
Don't let them get lonely.
Don't let your pet get lonely. As we age, most of us become accustomed to spending more and more time alone. However, this is not something that should be forced upon your pets. They need companionship just as much as you do and can easily become depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time without any form of stimulation or activity.
Give them lots of toys and activities to keep them busy while you're away from home. The idea here is not to overdo it but rather give them enough things that they can enjoy while you're gone so they don't feel bored or lonely when someone isn't around.
If those methods aren't working, consider giving your pet a radio or TV so they have something else listening in on besides their own thoughts (although some dogs might find this annoying depending on the type). In addition to helping prevent loneliness, this will ensure that your pet doesn't get stressed out by hearing sounds coming from all directions as he searches for anything familiar amidst unfamiliar territory (and it may even serve as an emergency alert system).
Adjusting to a senior pet is a natural part of the life cycle and most will still enjoy quality time with family members, new tricks to learn and special treats to eat.
Now that your pet is getting older, it's important to adjust your expectations. Familiarity and routine are key to helping an older dog or cat feel comfortable in their environment. Keeping a healthy diet will ensure they stay active and have the energy necessary for regular exercise. You can also include your pets in family activities—they enjoy sitting by the fire on cold nights just as much as anyone! And if you take them on walks, be sure to choose routes with plenty of shade: even though dogs may still have boundless energy when they're young adults, they'll need more water breaks during hot days than before. You should also ensure they always have access to fresh grass; this internal deodorizer will minimize any unpleasant smells from minor accidents (or marking territory).
In terms of keeping an aging animal mentally stimulated, there are many options available—from puzzles filled with treats that can be hidden around the house for them to hunt out one by one over time, creating new "tricks" for them as often as possible (some people even use clicker training), taking them outside so they can enjoy observing nature up close again after having spent so much time indoors during puppyhood/kittenhood/teenage years or simply creating a pet portrait for them that will last a lifetime!
Finally, as with humans who are older than 65 years old, frequent vet visits become more important over time due to conditions such as dementia becoming more common after this age threshold has been reached. Frequent vet visits can be costly, which is why purchasing a pet insurance plan is a decision many senior pet owners make.