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Ageing gracefully...

20 Oct 2010 | by | Posted in: Wag Wiki

Vaccination, neutering, medical and surgical procedures and complete and balanced quality food have dramatically increased the lifespan of domestic dogs and cats. 15 year old dogs and 18 year old cats are a frequent occurrence nowadays. However old age often means ailments: the internal organs tend to show signs of wear and tear and the joints are sore. You will notice that your elderly cat sleeps more, seems reluctant to jump or has mood swings. As your dog ages, it may have difficulty climbing the stairs or getting in the car.

The first thing to do is to control the weight. Obesity worsens osteo-articular problems so make sure kilos have not accumulated with time. If your pet is overweight, then get rid of those extra pounds. Your vet can recommend to you a weight loss program. This usually combines a specific diet with an exercise program.

As far as the joints are concerned, different medications are now available. Some of them belong to the anti-inflammatory family and require regular monitoring of liver and kidney function; others help in protecting and healing the cartilage. These can be given daily as capsules or tablets, but they can also be included in specific foods. Ask your vet about the best ways to improve the health and quality of life in your senior pets.

To know more, contact Royal Canin at feedback@royalcanin.in or +91-22-26613095/96 or log on www.royalcanin.co.in

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