Senior Pet Care Tips
- Taking care of a senior pet can be difficult, but there are many things you can do to make the process a manageable one. Below are a few preventative tips to help manage the aging process.
- Annual visits to the veterinarian for protection from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and kennel cough. Annual heartworm and intestinal parasite checks are also important.
- Good nutrition is critical to good health at all ages, so be sure your pet is on a proper diet.
- For dogs, exercise is imperative to keeping them in good shape. Exercise can mean adding years on to a dog’s life.
- Other steps a pet owner can take to delay the onset of aging in their pets include: teeth cleaning to prevent gum disease; grooming to keep the skin and coat healthy and to be aware of any problems such as dry skin, thin or brittle coat, thin coat, body odor, or sore spots; and checking the ears for odor or gunk produced by infecting organisms.
- Does your pet need a check up? Make an appointment with your veterinarian
Signs of aging
- The first sign of aging is a general decrease in activity level, including lethargy, a tendency to sleep longer, a waning of enthusiasm for long walks and fun activities such as catch. These symptoms could also be indicative of an illness and may warrant a trip to the veterinarian.
- Extremes in temperature and changes in surroundings can affect aging pets.
- Hearing loss is a common consequence of aging, as is some deterioration of sight.
- Skin and coat can also change as the skin loses pliability and the capacity of the oil-producing sebaceous glands diminishes. Wounds heal more slowly, allergies often worsen, non-malignant tumors may appear in the mouth or on or under the skin, and infestations of intestinal parasite may occur.
- As aging advances, heart, liver, and kidneys lose their efficiency, and the immune system is less able to fight off attacks by bacteria and viruses. Bladder control may be affected, and muscles decrease in size and function.
Tips to keep your pet comfortable
- If your pet is stiff, let them walk it out; don’t rush them to get up. Be aware of when they last went to the bathroom and remind them when they need to go out.
- Make sure your pet has a rug or bed. A comfortable place to lie makes a big difference in an older pet’s life.
- If your pet’s coat and skin dry out, brush them more frequently to stimulate the production of natural oils and ask your veterinarian for shampoo and skin care recommendations.
- Check your pet for fleas and ticks. Older pets are more prone to these diseases since they have a decreased ability to fight off parasites.
- Reduce calorie intake, if necessary, to prevent your pet from becoming overweight. Ask your veterinarian about a special diet if your pet needs to lose weight.
- Use a baby gate to keep your pet away from the stairs or carpeted areas to avoid bathroom accidents and/or injury.
- Most importantly, be aware of your pet’s increased special requirements as an aging animal. Your pet may not remember to go to the bathroom outside or to eat, so you may need to remind them. And above all, be patient. With these simple tips, your pet may live years longer and better enjoy his/her time with the family.
Featured Dogs- 3 female Chihuahuas
Pictured left to right- Ruby, Susie Q and Charo. these little ladies came to shelter at different times but love playing together. They were all strays and are a bit shy until they get to know you. They love to cuddle and sit with you and keep you company. Ruby and Susie Q are doing well on a leash but Charo needs more encouragement. Stop at the shelter and meet one, two or all three of these ladies and see who would fit into your home.
Other available dogs-
Skunk- 6 month old Chihuahua. Friendly and playful
Rocky II- 1 year old Apple head Chihuahua Beautiful brindle colors and big eyes.
Twinkles owner had to move and could not take her cats with her to the new home. Twinkles has a striking tortoiseshell patterned coat. She is just over a year old. Friendly and loves being with people. She follows you everywhere wanting attention and company. Easily handled and calm.
Other available cats-
Misty- gray torti. Very friendly and loves being with you and getting pets and being brushed.
Winnie- white and orange. Large cat very calm and quiet. She is a gentle soul that just wants someone to love her,
Rosa and Joey- bonded pair. They entertain themselves, groom each other, sleep together. They love everyone.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER