Your geriatric pets may begin to exhibit changes in their hair coat, sometimes appearing “scruffy.” Older cats are particularly notorious for “relaxing” the good grooming habits they had when they were younger. To prevent fur mats from developing in the older pet and to keep the natural oils spread throughout the coat, brush your pets often and gently, remembering that as skin ages, it loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile. Your pet will appreciate the special attention.
As pets age, their metabolism changes and the demand for energy and calories often decreases. Older pets may not show the same enthusiasm for their food as they did when younger. A “senior” or “geriatric” diet may be helpful or recommended. The nutrient profile for these diets takes into account the body's changing demand for protein, minerals, fats and calories. Good palatability is also addressed as older pets may lose some taste sensation.
Good routine health examinations and blood screening are essential for the older pet. It is important to appreciate that a single year in our pet's life is the equivalent to 7-10 years in ours.