As pets age, their needs shift and they often require special care. Unfortunately, pet owners may not know their cat or dog is a senior and how that changes their needs. Below are some tips you can share with pet owners to help them understand the needs of their senior pet.
When is a pet considered senior?
As you know, the age at which a pet is considered a senior depends on their genetics, general health, and environmental factors. However, these infographics can give pet owners a place to start when determining if their cat or dog is a senior. Sharing common signs of aging, including lightened or white hair, impaired vision and hearing, sleeping more frequently or more soundly, and changes in eating habits, can also be helpful.
Feel free to post these on your own social media channels to share with your followers.
Caring for a senior pet
Dr. Sarah Nold, veterinarian at Trupanion, put together the following guidelines to help pet owners keep their pets healthy and happy in their senior years. Feel free to share and add to it!
- Go to the veterinarian more often. Senior pets should have more frequent wellness exams because they can help detect any illnesses or other problems early. The veterinarian will be able to help decide on the frequency.
- Follow the veterinarian’s recommendations. Be sure to discuss, understand, and follow the veterinarian’s recommendations.
- Keep pets at a healthy weight. Older pets are more susceptible to weight fluctuation than younger pets, so talk to the veterinarian about their ideal weight and how to maintain it.
- Stay mobile. Enabling pets to get some exercise and play will help improve their mood, flexibility, and strength.
Prepare for senior veterinary care with pet medical insurance
Medical insurance for cats and dogs can help ensure that senior pets are able to receive the extra care they may need. With an insured client, you’re more likely to be able to practice best medicine for senior pets, providing longer, happier lives. And, it can help lift the financial burden and potential heartache off of pet owners.
Unfortunately, no pet medical insurance company currently covers pre-existing conditions, but even pets with pre-existing conditions can benefit from coverage if something unrelated arises. Pet owners will likely turn to you for advice regarding medical insurance for their senior pet, therefore it’s helpful to encourage them to do their research.