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What to Think About As Your Pet Gets Older

Is your pet beginning to show signs of age? Maybe they’re beginning to go gray around their muzzle, or they’re not quite as spry as they used to be. Just like humans, our furry friends experience many changes as they get older. And while some of these changes are simply a natural part of the aging process, others may require a bit more care from us. Here’s a look at how your pet’s veterinary care needs change as they age.


As your pet gets older, their nutritional needs will change. They may need fewer calories than they did when they were younger, but the quality of those calories is even more important. Look for pet foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Older pets are also more likely to be on a special diet due to conditions like diabetes or kidney disease, so be sure to talk to your veterinarian about what food is best for your pet.


Pets need different vaccinations at different stages of their lives. For example, puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations to help them build up immunity to diseases. Once they’re adults, they’ll need booster shots every one to three years. As your pet gets older, they may not need as many vaccinations as they did when they were younger. However, it’s still important to talk to your veterinarian about which vaccinations are right for your pet and how often they should be given.


Older pets may not be able to handle the same amount of exercise as they could when they were younger, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to exercise at all. In fact, exercise is even more important for older pets because it can help them maintain their muscle mass, keep their joints healthy, and improve their overall mobility. Take your pet for walks or runs (if they’re able), play fetch, or try some other fun activities that will get them moving.

These are just a few of the ways that your pet’s veterinary care needs may change as they age. To ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy throughout their life, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about what kind of care they need as they get older.