While genetics, nutrition and environment play a role in determining when dogs and cats are considered ‘senior’, in general dogs are considered ‘senior’ at eight, with giant breeds such as Great Danes considered ‘senior’ at a younger age. Cats are thought to be mature at eight to 10 years of age and are senior when they are over 10.
Your pet can change in many ways as they age. This could include: weight loss or gain, increased thirst or urination, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhoea, poor coat condition, dental issues, unusual behaviour such as disorientation and overall decline in condition. But there are things you can do about it to make sure they continue to live life to the full!
Looking after a senior pet has never been easier, making small adjustments helps making sure that they live life to the full. Read below for some top tips:
Keeping a simple routine is extremely important to a senior pet, they like to know when things are going to happen since coping with change isn’t as easy as it used to be.
Just because they are slower and quieter it doesn’t mean they should be left out. Keep up the social interaction with other pets and humans, train them to do new things, play with them and continue to take them for short walks. These interactions will really help with maintaining their brain function.
Make sure your pet has plenty of access to the outside. Holding it in when they need the toilet is not as easy as it used to be and you may start noticing some accidents.
Supplements are available that contain all the essential nutrients to support them in areas of need.
This can commonly decline in condition and may appear dull and dry. Logic® EaseLife can support this large organ with the essential nutrients to help them look their best.
After years of wear and tear their joints can lead to pain and inflammation and eventually arthritis. Supporting their joints with a supplement such as Logic® EaseFlex will help soothe active joints and support long term joint health.
Behavioural changes in older pets are common such as house soiling, irregular sleeping and random barking. However studies have shown that many of these signs can be helped with the right nutritional support e.g. Logic® Senilife or Logic® Easelife. Both of these products contain essential nutrients to help with signs of brain ageing.
If you are ever worried about your senior pet, make sure you visit your vet as they will be able to advise on the best support for them and for you.