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Caring for Your Senior Pet: 5 Compassionate Tips

With your pet’s age, you’re becoming increasingly concerned about their health. As the owner of a senior pet, you’re wondering what you can do to ensure that your pet is comfortable and happy, even as they slow down in their older years. These tips from Hoof and Paw Holistic Therapies walks you through some key aspects of senior pet care, from managing medications to shopping for pet products.


Finding the Right Products


Shopping for your pet can be difficult, especially as the years go on and their needs become more complex. That’s why it’s so important to carefully peruse product reviews before you spend any money on new items. It’s also a good idea to seek out reviews written by veterinarians - this will point you in the direction of high-end products that can help you keep your pet healthy and happy. Make it a point to check a few websites featuring vet reviews as you research products.


Keeping Stress Under Control


Caring for a senior pet can be stressful. However, it’s important to stay calm when you’re with your pet, because they can pick up on your negative emotions. Incorporating time for self-care into your daily routine is essential. In order to better manage your stress, you may want to change up your work schedule. For example, you could request to work from home for one or two days each week. If that isn’t an option, you may want to hire a pet sitter to watch your pet during the day, allowing them to get the care they need when you’re not home.


Giving Your Pet Medication


Perhaps your pet has been prescribed medication or vitamins - but you’ve been struggling to give it to them. It isn’t always easy to get your pets to take meds. Thankfully, you can simplify the process with some basic techniques. Diamond Pet recommends hiding your pet’s medicine in wet, pungent food so that they’ll eat it up without noticing. If you’re still having trouble after trying this tactic, you may want to ask your vet for some professional tips.


Covering the Costs of Vet Care With Pet Insurance


There’s no doubt that as your pet gets older, their veterinary bills will inevitably get more expensive. Simply put, paying for all of the care your pet needs can be tough. However, depending on your pet’s age, you may be able to enrol them in an insurance policy that will cover the costs of their vet bills. Pet insurance ensures that if your beloved senior pet needs care, you won't be faced with a difficult choice between paying outrageous vet bills or providing the proper medical attention that your pet deserves. Review pet insurance policies and costs to determine the best fit.


DailyPaws also recommends simply asking your vet about options for payment plans - chances are, they’ll be more than willing to work with you.


Making Your Pet Comfortable


Right now, you’re probably wondering whether or not your pet really feels well, or if they’re in pain. Even if they can’t do everything they used to, you want to ensure that they’re comfortable on a day-to-day basis. Consider making some upgrades that will make your property easier on your senior pet. Some ideas that aid both humans and pets as they age are ramps, zero-step entryways, and walk-in shower stalls. Navigation is easier, and it'll even boost your home's value if done correctly.


Plus, it’s only natural that you might want to spoil your pet a bit more now that they’re getting older! You could bake homemade treats for your pet, pick up some special new toys, or simply enjoy more downtime with them. They love you unconditionally, and nothing makes your pet happier than playing with you.


Taking care of your pet during their golden years can be challenging. You will have to adapt your lifestyle to better support their needs and make some changes to their routines. With these tips, you’ll be able to ensure that your pet gets the medications they need, buy the best products for them, and give them a high quality of life. It’s also a good idea to invest in pet insurance to lower costs.


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As experts in animal healing, Hoof and Paw Holistic Therapies provides holistic animal therapy services, products and education courses to help your animals be their happiest, healthiest selves. Get in touch today to learn more! +44 07904280264

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