Senior pets deserve extra TLC. This special attention can actually help them age more
gracefully while extending their lives. Keep reading to learn what you should do for your aging

Visit Your Veterinarian on a Regular Basis

As your pet gets older, the importance of taking your furry friend to the veterinarian increases.
Be sure to make an appointment at least once per year.

Having your pet examined will uncover any diseases that may be developing. This could
prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

Manage Your Pet’s Weight

Just like people, overweight pets are more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
But providing a good diet will help prevent weight gain. Ask your veterinarian to help you choose
the right food for your pet.
You should also get some guidance on the amount of food your pet needs each day. Senior
pets often require fewer calories than younger pets, so don’t be surprised if your veterinarian
recommends decreasing portion sizes.

Get Your Pet Moving

Just because your furry friend is getting older, doesn’t mean your pet should quit exercising.
Physical activity is just as important for senior pets as it is for younger pets.
Exercise will help to minimize weight gain while promoting good joint and muscle health. The
duration and frequency of exercise depend on the type of pet you have. Consult your
veterinarian to find out what your fur baby needs.

Stimulate Your Pet’s Mind

Mental exercises that stimulate your pet’s mind are also important. Otherwise, your pet may
become depressed or suffer from age-related illnesses.
Spend time training your pet. And if you tend to be on the go, purchase problem-solving toys
that give your pet’s mind something to work on even when you’re gone.Aging doesn’t have to be a miserable experience for senior pets. If you take the advice in this
article, your pet will continue to thrive in old age.

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