SENIOR PETS – MOBILITY & ACCESS
As pets get older their mobility might decline. Fortunately for them we can help them to feel more comfortable.
Signs your pet may be experiencing a decline in mobility include;
– loosing balance
– difficulty getting up
– walking slowly
– reluctant to jump and or run
– muscle loss.
How can we help our pets in their senior years?
Older pets need more rest; you may notice them sleeping for longer periods of time or more regularly taking naps.
Orthopaedic mattresses and comfortable beds can not only make a big difference to your pets sleep quality but also support their ageing joints and prevent discomfort. Make sure that their bed is easy to access; this could include shallow sided beds so your pet and can get in and out of it easily or placing the bed in an area that’s easy to get to.
Senior pets, especially dogs suffering from arthritis can greatly benefit from making sure that the floors are not too slippery. As they get older they tend to find it much more difficult to grip onto surfaces. Dogs find it much easier to grip on carpet rather than shiny slick surfaces. If you don’t have carpets, it can help to lay rugs and non slip mats on wood or stone floors to help your pet grip on the floor.
Make sure your pet can easily access their food and water bowls at all times. For cats make sure if they are up high that your cat can still reach them without struggling. Larger breed dogs may benefit from having raised water and food bowls. Some dogs may benefit from having their food and water close to their bed.
Both dogs and cats can benefit from non slip ramps. Ramps can make it easier for pets to get up onto beds or sofa’s/chairs. Ramps are a great option to give them confidence and allow them to go to their favourite places without the struggle.
If your pet struggles to get up and have difficulty getting around, harnesses can be helpful; and are also ideal if your pet has neck arthritis or pain and may be preferable over a collar or lead when on walks.
What should I do if I notice my pet’s habits changing?
Acknowledging your pet’s changing habits and that they may be starting to struggle is never easy; book a free senior pet clinic with our nurses to discuss any concerns you may have. The sooner we start to implement these changes, the easier their more senior years become.
Are there any other treatments they can have other than medication?
We offer both veterinary physiotherapy and acupuncture at the practice, both of which may have a positive impact on your pets mobility.
Call us on 01653 618303 to book an appointment with us for a free senior pet clinic with our nurses.