Senior Pet Care: Enhancing the Quality of Life in Their Golden Years

Just like young animals need specialized care, so do pets entering their golden years. Older pets need extra care and attention to live a happy, healthy, and active life. It’s important to provide them with the physical and mental stimulation they need to thrive. If you’re not sure where to start on your senior pet care journey, here are some strategies to consider. Or call the team at Companion Animal Rehab and Athletics to discuss a customized approach to your pet’s senior care needs.

Regular Veterinary Check-ups

image of senior pet - CARAAll pets need regular veterinary check-ups, but senior pets especially need an appointment at least twice a year. Older pets are more susceptible to common age-related conditions, including arthritis, kidney disease, and diabetes. Regular blood tests and panels can help determine if your pet is suffering from an illness and stay on top of the problem.

Dental Care

As pets age, they need more specialized dental care to reduce the risk of infection. Regular dental exams are crucial to look for inflammation around the gums, tooth decay, and potential fractures. You may need to brush your pet’s teeth each morning or in the evening after a game of catch or treats.

Specialized Diets

Your older pet may benefit from a specialized diet tailored to their age. For example, if your pet is recovering from surgery or undergoing rehabilitation, they need increased protein to help repair their muscles, skin, and other tissues. If your pet’s activity levels decrease, they might require additional healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, for energy and inflammation management.

Ask your veterinarian or pet health care provider about reduced-calorie foods to prevent issues with obesity. Some pets need foods specifically tailored to joint health. Supplements are a consideration, with options including glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Therapeutic Exercise

Pets need regular exercise to stay mentally and physically active. However, your senior pet may also benefit from an integrative care approach. The team at Companion Animal Rehab and Athletics offers therapeutic exercises customized to their needs. Some of the benefits include increased strength and flexibility, improved mental stimulation, accelerated recovery, gait retraining, and more body awareness.

Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture isn’t just for people looking for alternative ways to heal their bodies. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture (TCVM) takes into account your pets’ behaviors, environmental factors, and overall characteristics. The goal is to develop a holistic approach to help your pet with issues including inflammation and pain relief. Pets are typically relaxed and sleepy during their sessions, and they release endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine for relief and relaxation.

Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy

dog lying upside down - CARAIf your pet is suffering from pain, discomfort, or joint problems, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy can provide relief. The team at Companion Animal Rehab and Athletics offers a wide range of treatments that address your pet’s nervous system and joint health. The results lead to improved movement, reduced discomfort, and increased body awareness. We tailor our approach to your pet’s unique needs, incorporating High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) Adjustments that activate the Golgi tendon organs, promoting relaxation and enhancing range of motion.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a fun, versatile, and highly effective treatment for your pet. The water’s natural warmth, hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy, and physical resistance are all therapeutic for your pet’s muscles, as well as providing relief for sore muscles and arthritis.

Therapeutic Laser

Photobiomodulation (PBM), or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), involves the emission of concentrated energy or light over a specific wavelength. When your senior pet has surgery or is suffering from arthritis or a disease, a therapeutic laser can help with acute and chronic maintenance. The treatment helps increase circulation and can speed up tissue repair while reducing overall discomfort.

Enhance Your Pet’s Life with Companion Animal Rehab and Athletics

Are you looking for an innovative approach to caring for your pet? Companion Animal Rehab and Athletics (CARA) is dedicated to providing integrative medicine, sports medicine, and rehabilitation therapy for your beloved pets. We offer a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for both pets and their owners for the highest quality care and customized treatment. Contact us today or schedule an appointment to take the next step in your pet’s health and wellness journey for a longer-lasting life.