Top tips to share with your clients: senior pets

While ageing is a natural part of life, it can be hard to watch your fluffy friend grow up – especially when they are no longer able to do the things they used to. We all want our pet’s final years to be full of happy memories and that’s why we’ve put together this article full of tips for taking care of senior pets which you can use to help inform your clients. 

Be mindful of your pet’s diet

Remember, your pet’s diet may need to change to match its nutritional needs as it ages. This is usually quite easy to work out as most pet food brands label their food based on the age group it is suitable for. 

Dietary needs shift with age because pets are less active in their older years, meaning they don’t need as many calories. Furthermore, if your pet has developed a health condition in its old age then there might be types of food they can no longer consume.

As a vet, it is important to remind your clients of the best diet for their pet in case they are unaware – especially if their pet has a health condition. 

Help with grooming 

Help your pet keep on top of their grooming by offering a helping hand. The older they get, the harder it may be for them to wash so it might be necessary to schedule regular grooming sessions.  

Lots of attention is prescribed 

Just because your pet is knocking on doesn’t mean you can’t play with them! In fact, smothering your furry friend with attention and making memories is more important than ever at this stage. Spend time together and show them how much love you have for them, they’ll appreciate it!

Re-evaluate how safe your home is 

As your pet gets older, it may be harder for them to climb stairs or jump through cat flaps etc. Bear this in mind next time you’re walking around your house and make a note of where you make improvements so that your pet can feel more comfortable. For example, make your cat a bed downstairs if they’re finding it challenging to walk up the stairs or place your dog’s food bowl closer to the floor if it’s raised and they can’t jump as high anymore. Small adjustments will make a world of difference to your fluffy companion. 

We hope you found this article helpful – please share it with your clients and colleagues as a reminder of the basics! 

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