From Josie, “As I was saying, older pets need special care and I wanted to share with you some things to assess for the happiness of your own Furiatrics. I will dictate to Cookie my list of geriatric care tips. Because I am a very clever Border Terrier, I have come up with this mantra to help you remember. Every Furiatric Must Have Jolly Big Cuddles Always and you won’t miss a thing. ”
Every is for Eyesight We might be frightened at the top of the stairs, we might walk into the door frame, we might stumble out of the car, because we are short-sighted.
Solution: Plug a child’s night light in down low near our beds. Help us to get out of the car without falling. Surround our dog doors with glow in the dark strips from the hardware.
Furiatric is for Feet . Our bodyweight is down, our activity level is less so our nails grow long and they HURT.
Cuddles is for Coat. We cannot groom ourselves effectively any more. Knots and matts HURT.
Solution: Keep coats clean and brushed and knot free. Use dry shampoo in Winter, do not plunge us into a bath. Spot treat any dirty areas, like cow poo or worm juice or fox wee. LOL. Keep faces and ears and around mouths clean. Unscented non-alcohol baby wipes are good for dribbles and dirty faces.
Always is for Aid. Just as for old human folks, there are several simple Aids that can make our lives happier in our twilight years.
There are lifting aids for all sorts of situations. Install ramps and foam stairs, or you can build your own. Then there are the very easy things like elevating our bowls to halfway between the elbow and the shoulder height by using a cake tin.
Josie is signing off with Every Furiatric Must Have Jolly Big Cuddles!
Note from the Dr, a very important part of geriatric pet health is MENTAL health. Do not leave your elderly pets sleeping for 23 hours out of every day. Do not forget they need mental stimulation in the form of a drive to the park, sniffing new smells and reading their smell mail. Make an effort to have their mats/beds in a bustling place in the house so they can feel a part of life. Chew treats, fresh plants picked for Cats who love to smell, pheromone calming diffusers for confused dementia patients, these are all small steps that add up to a happy seniors life. Most of all, is the need for a minimum of 15 minutes undivided attention twice a day, with lots of hands on patting and massage to stimulate the “feel good” hormones. Care for your Furiatric well and I promise you a big return on your investment!
©Josie McDonogh and Dr Jedda 2017