Senior Pet Care, Essential to Your Furry Friend’s Long-term Health

As dogs and cats age, one of the most important parts of their pet care are senior checkups. Regular visits to the veterinarian can help your pet live a longer and more comfortable life. It’s easy to forget that your dog or cat needs regular pet care. After all, animals typically do not show signs of health problems until they are very ill. A regular health exam can help to uncover health problems before they become serious.

Yearly exams with a veterinarian are an important part of senior pet care because they help prevent health problems. The veterinarian can ensure that the dog or cat is up-to-date on all vaccinations, which will help prevent diseases. The veterinarian also screens for common health issues during senior checkups. In some cases, the doctor may notice signs of common senior health problems like arthritis or diabetes. In these cases, the veterinarian will recommend a variety of treatments that will help your pet. These treatments may include change in diet, exercise or medication that can help manage pain for the pet and prevent problems from becoming worse. This kind of proactive pet care will not only prolong the life of your pet, but will improve the quality of his or her life as well.

Your veterinarian may recommend holistic medicine or alternative treatments that help improve your pet’s quality of life. Although you may be surprised to hear your veterinarian discuss holistic medicine for your cat or dog, it is becoming common. Veterinarians have come to understand that pets respond to holistic medicine in much the same way that humans do. They often respond to treatments like acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy and other types of alternative pet care positively. These types of care have few side effects so they can help your pet without introducing additional problems.

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