Like humans, our canine and feline companions age and are prone to particular age related health conditions. As your pet ages, noting changes in behavior and habits can provide beneficial information in order to adequately support their changing needs. Some signs of aging include: excessive sleeping, loss of appetite, straining when getting up or walking, loss of alertness, hearing and eyesight loss, and increased sensitivity to touch. Generally, for small to medium breeds a senior is considered to be 10–12 years and the bigger breeds are seniors at 7–9 years old. Cats age is more often related to their activity levels that vary between cats. Taking your geriatric pet to the vet once or twice a year will be very beneficial in finding any medical problems early while they are still treatable.
Common Age Related Symptoms:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Arthritis or Stiff Joints
- Kidney, Liver or Heart Disease
- Sight or Hearing Loss
- Decreased energy and activity
Steps to Help Your Pet:
- Feed Ultra Premium Foods: Muttropolis only carries foods considered ultra-premium. Ultra premium foods are distinct mainly by the high standards placed on their ingredients. All ultra premium foods are made from 100% Human Grade ingredients and contain absolutely no Bi-products. Bi-products is a loose label that can include many undesirable meat sources that can change between bags of the same type of food. Please ask a Muttropolis associate for more information on the importance of Ultra Premium Foods.
- Additional Items in their diet: Adding particular nutritional supplements to their daily diet can help to ease some of the age related symptoms. Some of these items include: Glucosamine and Chondroitin (joint relief, flexibility, and increased energy), Urinary Health supplements (cranberries, etc), and items that promote a healthy skin and coat.
- Regular, low intensive exercise: This helps promote continued mobility and mental stimulation as well as combating the natural loss of muscles from aging. Also, helps to prevent increased weight and obesity which can lead to more health concerns with time.
Additional Note: There are other causes that display similar symptoms and at times these symptoms can be seen in dogs or cats that are not considered senior pets. We always recommend speaking to a qualified Veterinarian to ensure there are no other underlying causes which may need more immediate medical care.