Did you know it’s National Senior Pet Month? Here at Cloquet Animal Hospital, we are celebrating all month long! Advancements in animal health are helping our pets live longer than ever. We’ve put together a few tips to help you embrace this time and help your aging pet live a happier and healthier life. 

Embracing the Golden Years

Change is inevitable as your pet ages. You may notice a little grey around your cat’s whiskers or that your dog is a little more reluctant to set out on a big adventure to Jay Cooke State Park. But change isn’t always a bad thing. 

Your pet’s golden years are a time to celebrate the beautiful bond you have created and all of the wonderful memories you share. Embrace the change of pace and spend some quality time with your furry friend. 

Simple Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Daily Life 

You may notice that your senior pet doesn’t get around as easily as they once did. Muscles begin to weaken, and arthritic joints can become painful. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help. 

  • Rugs For Slippery Surfaces 

Hardwood and tile floors are often slippery and can be difficult for your pet to navigate. Consider putting rugs down in the areas your pet frequents. This can provide your pet with some traction and reduce the risk of a dangerous fall. 

  • Pet Ramps

Many pets enjoy jumping up on the bed at night to sleep or curling up on the couch. Unfortunately, these jumps can be a struggle as your pet gets older. Pet ramps are a great way to provide your pet a way to access these cozy spots without the excess strain that jumping can put on their joints. 

  • Try an Orthopedic Pet Bed 

It’s common for senior pets to spend more time lying around during the day. However, laying on hard surfaces can be uncomfortable and can even cause sores on their hips and elbows. Try an orthopedic pet bed to improve your pet’s comfort and reduce the risk of pressure sores. 

  • Consider Adding a Joint Supplement

Joint supplements with chondroitin and glucosamine can help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritic joints. Getting your pet on a joint supplement before they start experiencing issues can help your pet stay active longer. Schedule an appointment with us today to find out which supplements are right for your pet! 

Veterinary Care for Your Aging Pet 

As your pet ages, their veterinary needs will change. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends cats and dogs over the age of 7 receive more frequent veterinary care. This can help detect early signs of disease and address health concerns before they become a more serious problem. 

Here at Cloquet Animal Hospital, we love to see your senior pets. We have the expertise to help your pet feel their best as they grow older. Make your appointment today by calling 218-879-9280. Our senior patients hold a special place in our hearts, and we look forward to providing the quality care they deserve! 

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