Behavioral Changes In Aging Cats And Dogs
As pet cats and dogs enter their twilight years, they undergo distinct behavior changes as their bodies start to deteriorate physically, mentally, emotionally, and physiologically. They may start wandering around confused. A pet that was once independent may be more clingy or your pet may snap when petted. They may engage in nocturnal restlessness and don’t appear interested in their environment. Some also start committing potty accidents. Other distinct changes include a decrease in interest in interactions and activities they once enjoyed. Their energy and activity levels significantly decrease and they may have trouble sleeping. As they slow down, they become more prone to age-related health issues like arthritis, dementia, heart problems, kidney disease, etc. Even if they are on a premium quality diet, senior pets are not as efficient in metabolizing and utilizing nutrients from their diet thus they will need some supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin which are joint supplements, and essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Your senior pet will also need more visits to your best animal clinic Burlington, ON for regular health checks and for monitoring for any diagnosed health problem.