Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tips for Senior Dogs

According to ASPCA's Stephen Zawistowki, there is approximately 13 million senior dogs (10 and older) and 12 million senior cats (10 and older) in the United States.

Whether you have a senior pet or puppy or kitten, the doctor provides some tips to make their lives longer, healtheir and more comfortable.
— Don’t overfeed your dog or cat.
— For puppies, slim is in.
— Teach your pooch hand signals for commands such as sit, down and come when he is young. If he loses his hearing at any age, you’ll still be able to communicate with him.
— Keep your dog or cat active throughout life. Maintaining muscle strength keeps them comfortable with dog pet and more mobile with walks and playtime
— Take the time for regular brushing and veterinary cleanings to infections that can negatively affect internal organs such as the heart and kidneys.
— Schedule 2x a year veterinary visits for your older pet so you can catch and treat problems before they become serious.
— Don’t ignore lumps and bumps in older pets. Cancer is often highly treatable, if it’s discovered early.
— If your pet’s vision is impaired, don't move the furniture around.
— If necessary, ask your veterinarian about medication to treat arthritis pain in cats and dogs.
—Lastly, don't forget to give your pet lots of love and attention.

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