Old age is a condition, not an illness or a disease. At seven years, our animals are considered getting older.
- The best diet is low salt, low calorie, high protein, high fiber, vitamin and mineral fortified. Kidney failure is the No. 1 cause of death for senior cats and the No. 2 cause for senior dogs (No. 1 for dogs is heart failure). Cancer is a greater risk for dogs, but more deadly for cats.
- DO NOT underestimate any lumps, bumps or ulcers on your pet's body.
- Have a "pet first-aid kit" available. Include lots of gauze, cloth pads, tape, peroxide & Benadryl.
- At least once a week massage your pet head to tail. Be sure to include their legs, under their legs, tummy & between the toes (oh, that's nice!).
- Have an "emergency house plan" for your animals that the whole family knows about and is easy to execute.
- Letting our dog hang his head out of the window of the car is not a good idea (I know, it's fun, but consider the pebble that cracked the windshield, it could be an eye).