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Senior Pet Care FAQs

Answers to Some Common Senior Pet Care FAQs

Got a senior pet? If your pet is older, you may have questions regarding their care and quality of life. Talk to a veterinarian at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson for specific questions or concerns, keep an eye out for behavioral changes that could indicate an issue. Make sure you are receiving regular veterinary attention at a local animal hospital or clinic for preventative care. This is even more important as your pet ages.

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Some Senior Pet Care FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) include: 

How often do I need to take my pet to the Vet?

It is recommended that a senior dog, over age seven, sees their Vet twice per year. If your dog or cat has existing medical issues or conditions, you may need more frequent appointments with your veterinary provider.

What are signs of a problem with senior pets?

Nobody knows your pet as well as you do. If you notice changes in your pet’s behaviors, such as sleeping or eating patterns, this could be a sign of an underlying issue. Changes in the behaviors of an older dog could be indicative of illness; take them to your veterinarian in Jackson for immediate assessment. Also, keep an eye out for changes in their toileting and water consumption to prevent possible dehydration and detect potential urinary tract infection (UTI), common in older pets.

Can I help senior pets with pain?

It is possible that older pets suffer in silence from the pain of chronic conditions, like arthritis. Make mobility easier for them by installing ramps and steps so they don’t need to jump as often or assisting them get in and out of the vehicle. Lay carpet or rugs on slippery surfaces that could cause them to fall and become injured. Ask your vet about giving over-the-counter pain relievers to pets but be careful: many of these medications can cause gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea.

What should a senior pet eat?

Your pet’s nutritional and dietary needs change as they get older. Talk to your vet about a senior pet food that meets their needs- and that they will eat. Notify your veterinarian if you notice your pet losing their appetite or weight right away.

How can I help my senior pet?

You can help your senior pet by making them as warm and comfy as possible, such as by providing them with a soft, comfortable place to sleep. Consider an orthopedic mattress for senior dog beds, or a bed with heating element for added comfort and relief.

Got more senior pet questions? Visit or Call us to learn more today. 

Visit our Veterinary team at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson for any issues or concerns with your senior pet. Our goal is to keep your pets happy and healthy- throughout the lifespan. Call us at (731) 661-0711 today.

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Took my kitten there today (they are not closed, as the Facebook page says!), and loved it! Very kind, friendly staff who really give their time and attention to your pet! Highly recommend!

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