We’re sure you are wondering what you can do at home for your geriatric pet
Provide a warm, clean and comfortable bed: Whether your dog or cat is kept indoors or outdoors, he/she needs a comfortable bed. “Orthopaedic” beds are also available.
Provide clean water on a daily basis: This will allow you to spot any changes in the drinking amount.
Provide a good quality senior diet: The requirements of senior pets are different to that of our younger dogs. In addition, some senior diets already address joint or oral health.
Don’t overdo it with exercise: Go slow – just remember, old dogs are like old people – they usually don’t want to play fetch for hours at the time or running a marathon. Just take it easy and adjust your exercise regime according to your dog’s willingness and health.
Adjust the environment: Have you noticed that your pet used to lie on a favourite sofa or windowsill and stopped doing it? He/she may be too painful or weak to jump up there. By creating “steps” using furniture or a ramp you can make sure that your pet can still get to his/her favourite spot in the house. Also, by placing water and food dishes and litter trays in their favourite room, you can make it easier for your cat or dog to use them.
Take it easy with distractions: Senior pets often enjoy a good, long sleep and are not too happy about sudden distractions. In addition, they often suffer from painful conditions such as arthritis and are fearful of getting hurt. Loud noises, kids and any other commotion can frighten your pet and cause him/her to react fearfully, defensively and potentially aggressively. Try to avoid such situations.