As your pets age, it’s important to be aware of any changes in their behavior and health in order to better take care of them. From eating habits to vision changes, all pets experience different symptoms of aging. Here at Animal Eye Associates, we want to help you understand these changes and what you can do to ensure your pet is comfortable as they age. Located in Maitland, FL, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in animals. We have firsthand experience in dealing with the unique changes that come with aging pets, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Keep reading to learn more and contact us today!

Keep Your Pets Active

As your pet enters its senior years, you may notice that they are less active than they used to be. This is normal and nothing to worry about, but it’s important to keep your pet active nonetheless. Regular exercise can help maintain their muscle mass, flexibility, and weight. It can also help improve circulation, reduce stress levels, and boost their mood and energy levels. So, even if your pet doesn’t seem as interested in moving as frequently, it’s important to keep up with their exercise routine. Easy ways to encourage activity include setting up an indoor obstacle course, playing with toys, or going for short walks around the block.

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Routine Check-Ups

Another important thing to do for your aging pet is to take them in for routine check-ups with their veterinarian. At Animal Eye Associates, we can help you keep an eye on your pet’s vision and make sure that any changes are properly treated. There are several common eye problems in cats and dogs that are associated with aging, such as cataracts and glaucoma. By catching these problems early, we can help your pet live a comfortable and happy life.

Healthy Diet

As your pet gets older, you may also notice that they start to experience changes in its appetite. This can be due to a number of things, such as dental problems, gastrointestinal issues, and even certain medications. It’s important to talk to your veterinarian about any changes in your pet’s diet and make sure that they are still getting the nutrients they need. Diet changes can improve eye problems in cats and dogs, as well as help with other age-related issues. In other words, a healthy diet is essential for keeping your pet happy and comfortable as they age.

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Comfortable Environment

Finally, it’s important to create a comfortable environment for your aging pet. This may include things like getting them an orthopedic pet bed or providing them with stairs so they can still access their favorite spots. You may also want to consider making some changes to your home, such as removing any tripping hazards and keeping the temperature at a comfortable level. By creating a comfortable environment for your pet, you can help them age gracefully and enjoy their golden years without any unnecessary stress.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for an aging pet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Animal Eye Associates today. Our experienced, board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists and caring staff are here to ensure any eye problems with your cats or dogs are properly treated. We work closely with your general veterinarian to maintain your pet’s health and quality of life, so you can rest assured that they’re in good hands. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more!