Hacks for caring for older pets at home
- In addition to talking to clients about possible health issues, discuss things they can do at home to keep their older pet comfortable and content. Here are some tips you can share.
- If the pet’s senses—especially sight—are declining, keep the furniture in place. A stable environment is best for older dogs and cats.
- Painful pets and those that have trouble moving on slick surfaces can benefit from rug runners on floors. Toe grips can also help keep dogs stable as they move about. Additionally, limit access to troublesome areas, such as stairs.
- Provide comfort with orthopedic bedding and get ramps or steps for climbing up onto beds or other furniture and into cars.
- Get a low-sided litter box for the arthritic cat, and let or take the older dog out more often.
- Enrich the pet’s environment with food toys and other interactive toys to help them remain active and alert.