Senior Pets Speak – How Best To Support Them!
Love for our senior pets can result in a range of emotions as we watch them mature and go through the aging process. We can feel helpless at times to know how to care for them. Going directly to the source, our animal family members, helps us know how best to support them.
I was inspired to write about this process by two very special dogs, Cody and Rusty. Cody (14 year old Labrador Retriever) and Rusty (10 yr old Border Collie and Golden Retriever Mix) are considered our neighborhood elder statesmen.
There are many articles online regarding cognitive dysfunction and musculoskeletal conditions that may be helpful to read if your animal family member is experiencing any of the behaviors mentioned here. Treatments are varied but there are many studies about the use of holistic approaches, such as SAMe and other supplements, essential oils for system support and massage. Always consult your veterinarian about how to create the best treatment approach for your animal family member.
Include your senior pet in decision making. There are many decisions to make in the aging process. This includes how to treat medically, addressing making their environments the most comfortable for them, as well as end of life matters. When I communicate with animals they often have strong opinions and feelings and greatly appreciate when they are asked to contribute them. Including them in decision making is one of the best ways to honor our beloved pets and to provide appreciation for the value they have brought to our lives.