10. Start measuring your pet's food every time!-Many owners simply "eyeball" their pet's daily intake and pour that into their bowls, or they follow the exaggerated feeding guidelines on some commercial brand foods. Try using an 8 oz cup to measure just how much food your pet gets at every meal. We recommend feeding your pet using the ideal weight they should be when following any guidelines. Senior pets often need less due to their lower energy levels.
9. Choose the right diet for your pet's age!-Puppies and kittens have specific nutrient requirements to help their bodies grow healthy and strong. For example, some senior dogs with joint problems have diets designed to meet their needs. Choosing the right food can help pets stay at their optimal health level!
8. Try new activities with your pet!-whether its hiking or "doga", it's easier than ever for owners to incorporate their pets into a new exercise routine. Not only will it help you bond better but it will give you both the benefits of staying active and healthy. There are even meet-up groups to find other owners who love getting active with their furry ones!
7. Add some more playtime into your routine!-Some cats love chasing the laser toy while others go crazy for the feathered toys. These toys help to bring out your kitty's inner lion and also gets them some exercise as well! Try catnip, crinkle balls and climbable trees to engage your cat in some active fun! If all else fails always try the good old-fashioned cardboard box!
6. Make a date with your pet!-annual exams by your veterinarian are an important component of good preventative care! Many medical conditions such as, diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in aging pets and can be managed easier when detected early. Vet visits are also a great time to ask for advise, update your pet's food, and get expert opinions on any behavioral issues as well!
5. Groom your pet daily!-brushing your pet daily serves many purposes! It removes excess fur from their coat, which reduces how much you get on your furniture and clothing! It also helps to distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Lastly, daily grooming can strengthen the bond between pet and owner!
4. Practice good oral hygiene habits with your pet!-Daily tooth brushing is a great way to keep tartar and plaque away! There are many dog/cat friendly toothpastes available, and we also recommend using dental chews such as greenies to prevent dental disease! Regular dental cleanings by the veterinarian are the best way to keep those pearly whites in great shape all throughout your pet's life.
3. Teach an old dog a new trick!-Studies show that mental stimulation helps to reduce cognitive degeneration in aging animals. So keeping your senior pet's brain active can also make them healthier! Teaching them new tricks or practicing the ones they know keep these seniors on their toes! Puzzle feeders are one awesome way to stimulate your pets and keep them engaged!
2. Update pet I.D. info!-Over the year, a lot of changes can occur-people move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet's tags! If any of your information has changed, be sure to get your pet's i.d. updated. It's the best way to ensure that a lost pet makes their way home!
1. Consider fostering!-Are you thinking of getting a new pet but your not sure if your 100% ready? Try fostering! Many animal shelters and rescues need loving homes to provide safe and temporary living arrangements for pets. It's the perfect way to test the waters of pet ownership without the lifelong commitment, since you are hosting a pet while they wait for their forever home! Who knows? That home might end up being yours!
(Information was provided by Petmd.com)
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