When it comes to looking after pets, everything from walks on the beach to cuddles on the sofa with our animals can give us pleasure.
On every issue from exercise to travel, you’ve always been there for your pet. But one thing is certain: in most cases, our pets will get old before we do – and that means we may need to do take special care of them in order to ensure they stay safe and well during this phase in their lives.
In this article, we’ll consider ways to look after an elderly pet and what to do in the event of them passing away.
Making them comfortable
First of all, you should speak to your vet about your pet’s current status, and ask them to assess how healthy – or otherwise – your pet is.
Your pet may be suffering from health conditions that are not debilitating, but which cause them the sort of suffering that can easily be mitigated. If your pet has problems with their bones, for example, a new bed with lots of comfortable padding may be something to think about.
In addition, you may need to consider some medication. In some circumstances, old age conditions can be managed, prevented or even cured with the appropriate medical intervention. Your vet will be able to advise on this, and you should always follow their advice.
Lifestyle changes, such as a different type of food designed for older animals, may also be helpful. A pet shop or even a large supermarket will usually stock these kinds of products, so it may be worth spending some time looking at the information on the backs of packets and deciding which food is best for your animal.
Other relevant lifestyle changes you could consider introducing for your pet may include altered exercise patterns, different sleep times and more.
Looking after them until the end
While it’s not something we want to think about, the death of a pet is something that is going to happen, sooner or later.
For that reason, it may be wise to think about how you will deal with the passing away of your pet. Pet cremation services are widely available, and if you’re looking for environmentally friendly pet cremation options, they’re also available.
You should also think about how you will deal with the practical considerations of looking after an elderly pet, particularly with regard to end of life care. For example, having the number of a reputable vet on hand will mean you can make swift decisions about your dog’s health and comfort whenever the need arises.
Ultimately, it’s clear that looking after an elderly pet is still just as rewarding as looking after a younger or a middle-aged animal.
While there are certain tough realities you may have to face up to as your pet gets older, with a little preparation and forward planning, you can ensure that your pet enjoys later life with the same vitality that they always did.