Feed them right
You don’t need to change your pet’s diet the second it becomes a senior. Pets’ ageing processes depend on factors such as breed, genetics and health issues, so a food marketed toward older animals might not be right for your particular pet.
Visit the vet
Regular vet check-ups and blood panels – once a year for younger pets and twice a year for seniors – are crucial to catching diseases early. Any lumps should be investigated while they’re small. “If you notice it grow, call me,” says Hocker.
Give them attention
You are the ultimate key to your pet’s longevity. Dogs and cats whose owners give them consistent time and attention are healthier in the long run. Not only does the exercise and mental stimulation keep them energised, but as pack animals, dogs want to go everywhere with their owners. And despite their aloof reputation, cats need at least 15 minutes of interactive playtime a day.
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