For many pet lovers, watching our companions grow older is a comforting, rewarding experience. It is hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at our feet. When your friend begins to slow down, to put on a little weight or stiffen up, they need your help and understanding. Unlike a fellow human, your friend can’t take responsibility for its care. Your friend relies on you!
Pets age much faster than people do and as your old friend ages two kinds of changes occur. The first is age-related change such as hearing loss, changes in vision or reduced activity. These are normal and cannot be prevented. The second kind is pathological change or disease such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis or dental disease. These are, to some extent, preventable or can be successfully managed.