Caring for a Senior Pet? Here Are Some Tips That Can Help
As Portland Pet Stores notes, caring for a senior pet can be tricky. Often, pets’ needs can change as they age and, while pet owners typically want to give their pet a comfortable life, they may be ill-prepared for what lies ahead.
Luckily, it’s easy to set yourself up for success. If you’re caring for a senior pet, SHUGREM Grooming offers some tips that can make it easier to manage.
Making Your Indoor Spaces Safe and Enjoyable
If your pet spends any amount of time indoors, you want to make sure your home is a safe and comfortable space. Since cleanliness is a factor, you may need to spend time decluttering. That way, there will be fewer places for dust, dander, mites, or allergens to hide, all while reducing the amount of time it takes to wipe down surfaces.
Adding plants or an air purifier could also be a good move. You’ll have an easier time removing air contaminants, making your house healthier.
Bringing in a humidifier or dehumidifier might also be wise if you live in a high or low humidity area. That way, your air is comfortable for your pet to breathe.
Also be sure the living area is free of stress. This starts with you. If you’re experiencing stress for whatever reason, including work, it easily rubs off on your furry friend. So take measures to mitigate and possibly eliminate those areas of your life that’s causing you anxiety. You’ll be better for it, and so will your pet.
Grabbing the Right Pet Supplies
When it comes to the supplies that you may require, consider your pet's needs. If they are prone to drooling or occasionally have accidents, a waterproof dog bed could be an asset. It’ll be easier for you to clean, ensuring hygiene issues are corrected quickly. Plus, if you get a machine washable version, you can sanitize it much faster.
Caring for a Senior Dog points out that another great option for pets that have accidents is pee pads. With these, the material is highly absorbent, ensuring any accident is contained to the pad. Then, you can simply throw it away, making cleanup simple.
If your pet can no longer jump up to a couch or bed and you’d like them to be able to rest there, you may want to purchase a ramp or stairs. These give your pet an easy way to reach higher points without jumping, something that could be beneficial for senior pets with aging joints.
Ensuring Your Senior Pet Is Safe While Outside
If your senior pet enjoys spending time outside, make sure they’re safe while in your yard. Provide them with shelter from the heat and elements. Additionally, make fresh water easily accessible at all times, such as by adding a Lixit or similar faucet attachment.
You’ll also want to remove potentially harmful plants. Some you might want to get rid of include:
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Installing a fence is also essential. That way, your senior pet can’t wander away and end up in trouble, and strangers won’t be able to approach your pet unhindered.
Usually, it’s best to turn to a contractor if you need a fence. You can research local fence companies online, allowing you to use service directories to check reviews to find contractors with a strong reputation. Also, make sure that you’re only considering licensed and insured contractors, increasing the odds that they’re reputable.
In most cases, installing a new fence costs around $4,500. However, what you’ll pay depends on the length, height, materials, and more. That’s why you want to discuss your exact needs and get a written quote before the project begins.
Following these tips can help you and your furry friend enjoy their senior life to the fullest!
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