Pets and Aging
It's no secret most pets don't live as long as their owners, as they age in “people years” much faster than a human does. It can be heartening to watch a puppy or kitten grow into adulthood. An older pet is of course still a loved family member, but the way they are cared for is different from what worked for them when they first came home. Shore Veterinarians in South Jersey provides care and treatment for pets of all ages from three offices in Seaville, Egg Harbor Township, and Hammonton, NJ.
Diet and Exercise
The first thing to consider as a pet ages is how their diet and exercise might change over the years. As the pet becomes less energetic, they still need regular exercise and remain active to maintain their health. They may not romp and play in the house, yard, or dog park as they once did, but daily walks or fetching are still good for their health. The important aspect to remember is to be aware of their energy level and allow the pet to rest as needed.
Their diet and nutritional needs can change in two ways. First, with less exercise, they likely need less food. Some pets only eat if they're hungry, so you may need to put out smaller portions of food according to how much they feel like eating. Other pets will eat as much as you give them, so you may have to adjust portions according to avoid weight gain if they aren't working off the excess. Secondly, the type of food the pet eats might require a change. There are special formulas that provide the energy that puppies and kittens need, likewise, there are foods designed with nutritional supplements for older pets.
Routine Veterinarian Visits
Although routine veterinarian visits are important for animals of any age, it becomes more important for older pets. Just like with people, any condition which develops is better treated when caught early. Outside of what happens in the doctor's office, your vet is going to advise you on what you can do at home for your pet's health.
Choosing a Veterinarian in South Jersey
Shore Veterinarians in Seaville, Egg Harbor Township, and Hammonton, NJ is here to help with your pet's healthcare throughout their life. We are a full-service animal hospital prepared to meet any of your pet's needs as they come up. Whether you have a new puppy or kitten in need of vaccinations and their first health check, or if you have a respected but elderly furry family member requiring ongoing care, we're here to offer our services toward assuring your pet's happiness and well-being. For more advice about senior pet care please visit one of our locations.