PET HEALTH & CARE
Like humans, our canine and feline companions age and are prone to particular
age related health conditions. As your pet ages, noting changes in behavior
and habits can provide beneficial information in order to adequately support
their changing needs. Some signs of aging include: excessive
sleeping, loss of appetite, straining when getting up or walking, loss of alertness,
hearing and eyesight loss, and increased sensitivity to touch. Generally, for
small to medium breeds a senior is considered to be 10–12 years and the bigger
breeds are seniors at 7–9 years old. Cats age is more often related to their
activity levels that vary between cats. Taking your geriatric pet to the vet
once or twice a year will be very beneficial in finding any medical problems
early while they are still treatable.
Common Age Related Symptoms:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Arthritis or Stiff Joints
- Kidney, Liver or Heart Disease
- Sight or Hearing Loss
- Decreased energy and activity
Feed Ultra Premium Foods: Muttropolis only carries
foods considered ultra-premium. Ultra premium Foods are distinct mainly
by the high standards placed on their ingredients. All ultra premium
foods are made from 100% Human Grade ingredients and contain absolutely
no “Bi-products”. “Bi-products” is a loose
label that can include many undesirable meat sources that can change
between bags of the same type of food. Please ask a Muttropolis associate
for more information on the importance of Ultra Premium Foods.
Additional Items in their diet: Adding particular
nutritional supplements to their daily diet can help to ease some of
the age related symptoms. Some of these items include: Glucosamine
and Chondroiten (joint relief, flexibility, and increased energy),
Urinary Health supplements (cranberries, etc), and items that promote
a healthy skin and coat.
Regular, low intensive exercise: This helps promote
continued mobility and mental stimulation as well as combating the
natural loss of muscles from aging. Also, helps to prevent increased
weight and obesity which can lead to more health concerns with time.
Additional Note: There are other causes that display
similar symptoms and at times these symptoms can be seen in dogs or cats
that are not considered senior pets. We always recommend speaking to
a qualified Veterinarian to ensure there are no other underlying causes
which may need more immediate medical care.