When you are a pet owner, no matter how old your pet is, they are not just your pet, they are a part of the family, just like any other family member. Because we love our pets so much, their presence improves the mood we are in and helps us out with being more physically active. When you have a pet, it is essential that you provide them a pet-friendly home, because you are giving them shelter, food, support, and unconditional love.
Have Appropriate Food and Water Stations
As your pet is aging, most normal activities like bending down to drink their water and eat food will become more difficult. Because of that, it is a great idea to get them a raised platform. So, they don’t have to struggle while eating and drinking. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy; depending on their height, you can put their bowls on stools, shoeboxes, or whatever you can make use out of that doesn’t slip and move around while they are using it. Another crucial thing, especially if you live in warm places like Australia, is that you provide them with several places where they can drink fresh water, so they don’t have to walk a lot and tire themselves out just to drink some water.
Adjust To Their Special Needs
When your pet is a senior or disabled, they slowly lose control over their urine flow. Because they cannot control it, and they aren’t doing it on purpose, you shouldn’t be mad at them, or blame them. The only inconvenience that it makes is the mess, odor, and it can potentially ruin your hardwood floors or carpets. But with some small adjustments, you can avoid any possible disasters. The best and easiest way to do so is to alter your flooring to a type which is easy to clean and slip-resistant. Because of that, laminate flooring is the best option. Another great thing about this type of flooring is the fact that it does not trap dust or allergies.
Another thing that you are probably aware of is that most elderly animals suffer from joint pain and arthritis. Because of that, they aren’t able to move as fast and as well as when they were younger or when they were not disabled. It is essential that you have carpets over tiles, so they don’t slip and hurt their joints, ramps for stairs or wherever they need to climb on.
Things like orthopedic beds are really important to have because it will provide them with unique features that will help out with your elderly pets’ physical needs. Choose beds that are liquid and stain-resistant in case your pet has an accident while resting. Keep in mind that bigger beds aren’t always the better options! You need to pick your pet’s bed according to its size. If your pet is small, it needs to have a small bed. Because they will be able to stay warm and feel insecure in a small bed. You should also have a couple of beds, so they don’t sleep on the floor.
Keep Up With Their Changes
It is a known fact that senior pets have a hard time regulating their body temperature; therefore, they are even more sensitive to temperature changes. You will need to keep your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees and pay attention to your pet’s behavior in case you need to change the temperature. If you see them lying next to the heater or a fan, you will need to change the temperature, so they feel more comfortable. And in case it is really cold outside, dress them in a sweater when you are taking them outside to go potty because if they are exposed to extreme changes in temperature, you are risking them getting sick.
Most of the modifications that you need to make, so your home is safe and comfortable for them, are simple and accessible for everyone. With just a little effort, you will make your pet’s life better and more enjoyable.
Mia Ackerson is a Melbourne-based writer. Loves writing about pets and sharing her knowledge with other enthusiastic pet owners. She’s also interested in reading books, movies, music, baking, gardening, and home decorations. You can follow her on twitter.