Things Every Senior Pet Owner Needs

May is National Pet Month and now is a great time for senior pet owners to upgrade their pet care items and pet supplies. Seniors who have senior pets know that their senior pets need some special care just like they do. And with in-home care services, seniors should have no trouble giving their furry friends the special care that they need. In-home care helps seniors with the hard parts of pet care like walking big dogs in bad weather or filling cat food dishes or washing out and filling water bowls.

In addition to in-home care, seniors with senior pets should have:

A Home Visit Vet

In-Home Care Fair Lawn NJ - Things Every Senior Pet Owner Needs

In-Home Care Fair Lawn NJ – Things Every Senior Pet Owner Needs

It might take some effort to find a vet that makes house calls but there are lots of them now, and more vets are offering this service all the time. A home visit vet makes it much easier for senior pets to get the care they need. Even if seniors have in-home care that will help them take their pets to the vet it’s much easier on the pet to have a vet come to the house. Car rides, vet visits, and being in a carrier are very stressful for senior pets. It’s much easier for them to have a vet deliver routine care like exams and vaccinations at home.

High-Quality Pet Food

As pets get older they have different nutritional needs, just like people. Seniors that have senior pets should be sure to get them high-quality food that is made for senior pets. Typically senior pet food is made to be easy on the stomach, have appropriate calories and nutrients, and be easy on the pet’s kidneys. Seniors that have questions about what to feed their senior pets should talk to their vets.

Joint Supplements For Pets

Seniors know all too well what it’s like to have sore and aching joints. Seniors’ pets can get those too. Joint supplements that are given like treats or added to pets’ food can help pets by alleviating joint pain. Pets with severe arthritis or pain may benefit from regular pain medication prescribed by the vet. Seniors that are not sure what joint supplement to give their pet should talk to their vet about what joint supplements are appropriate for their pet.

A Pet Fountain and Plenty Of Soft Beds

Senior pets often don’t drink enough water, and they need to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can cause health problems for pets in the same way it can cause health problems for people. Pet water fountains are designed to give pets access to constantly flowing fresh cool water. That encourages pets to drink more, which will help them stay healthy.

The best thing that seniors can do for their senior pets is to make sure they have plenty of warm cozy beds and blankets for napping. The more blankets and beds the better, and of course pets love a good lap too. Spending time with their pet is a great way for seniors to enjoy companionship and have a great napping partner.

If you or a senior family member are considering hiring In-Home Care Services in Fair Lawn NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today at (973) 427-3553.

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Pamela DelColle, RN, CCRN
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