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Keeping Your Senior Pet Healthy and Happy

KEEPING YOUR SENIOR PET AND HEALTHY HAPPY ABOUT SENIOR PET WELLNESS September is Senior Pet Wellness Month! Pets age much faster than humans Pets can be considered seniors when they are 5-8 years old Larger breeds tend to age faster than smaller breeds TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SENIOR PET VETERINARY VISITS • Senior pets should see the vet every 6 months instead of every year • Exams will be more in-depth to spot any signs of disease DENTAL CARE • Your pet's teeth need special attention when he is a senior • Healthy teeth can help maintain his quality of life NUTRITION • Senior pets may require a different type of food • Senior-specific foods are easier to digest and have different nutrients WEIGHT CONTROL • Older dogs tend to gain weight, while older cats tend to lose weight • Both of these can be health risks for a senior pet PARASITE PREVENTION • Immune systems in senior pets are not as robust as in younger animals • Check for signs of fleas and ticks, and make sure your dog is on heartworm medication MOBILITY MAINTENANCE • Keeping your senior pet mobile is important for his health • Talk to your vet about what level of exercise is appropriate LIFESTYLE CHANGES • You may need to adjust your pet's routine based on his health • Changes may include spending more time inside and providing areas to sleep that don't involve stairs INFOGRAPHIC PROVIDED BY: Companion Pet Clinic Salmon Creek SALMON CREEK COMPANION PET CLINIC "QUALITY CARE AT AFFORDABLE PRICES www.companionpetclinicsalmoncreek.net Sources: https://www.avma.org/public/petcare/pages/caring-for-an-older-pet-FAQS.aspx http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-care/senior-dog-care/ http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title-Senior_Pet_Care http://www.companionpetsalmoncreek.com/services.html#seniorpackage

Keeping Your Senior Pet Healthy and Happy

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Dental care is very important for senior pets. In fact, healthy teeth can help maintain a pet’s quality of life. Check out this infographic from a vet in Vancouver, Washington to learn more about pr...

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