Written by Michael W. Miller, DVM
- Pain Medication: Talk to your vet about managing your senior pet's aches and pains, especially during the colder months. Did you know that we now have NEW month-long injectable arthritis pain medications that are working wonders for our older dogs and cats?
- Dental Health: Are you self-conscious about what your holiday visitors will think of your pet’s bad breath? You can maintain a regular oral health routine by brushing your pet's teeth, providing dental chews, and scheduling professional dental cleanings if needed. This year we have a special "Fresh Breath for the Holidays" promotional discount for dental procedures in the months of November and December!
- Food Safety: Avoid feeding your pet festive foods that can be harmful, such as chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, alcohol, and xylitol-sweetened treats. Choose appropriate pet-friendly treats or consult with your vet for safe indulgences. Also, please do not give any new treats as holiday gifts to dogs with food allergies! We see a lot of allergic dogs develop ear infections after the holidays because of this mistake.
- Cold Prevention: Keep your senior pet warm with extra bedding, heated pet beds, or cozy sweaters. Create a sheltered spot to protect them from chilly drafts. And then, most importantly, please text us your pictures of your adorable pets all warm and snuggly so that we can enjoy how cute they are!
- Vet Check-Ups: Regular veterinary care is essential. We recommend wellness exams every 6 months to monitor your senior pet's health and discuss preventative measures and age-specific concerns. The advances in senior pet care recently allow us new ways to keep our pets happy throughout their golden years!
In conclusion, with these simple steps, you can ensure a joyful and safe holiday season for your senior pet. If you notice any unusual behavior or symptoms in your pet, don't hesitate to contact us for early intervention, ensuring a happy and healthy season.