It’s not easy watching our beloved ones get old, but here are three helpful tips to keep in mind to help make their world a better place.
Tip #1: Use it or loose it
As someone who has started their health journey in the fitness field, I know more than anyone how true this statement is. Same goes for our pets! Exercise is the best thing for them, especially as they get older, of course after modifying the intensity to match their needs, they will thrive with appropriate exercise. Regular exercise will help keep muscle, mobility and flexibility and let’s not forget the most important muscle of all- the heart! Yes, exercise will even benefit their cardiac muscle, not just skeletal. When taking your older fur kid for a walk, I would advise not to walk on really hard surfaces such as pavements as that will be really tough on their feet (paws) and joints. When trying to exercise your cat get toys (or a piece of string) that will get their attention so they can chase it around and get their heart rate up.
Tip #2: Moist Food
If your pet has been on dry food their whole life now is a better time than ever to start moistening their food. It will help them break it down better thus assimilating more nutrients while making it easy on their digestive tract.
Supplementing is key for each individual needs but here are some suggestions that every senior pet can benefit from across the board.
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.