Being away from home and all of the structured, familiar routines can be more stressful for senior pets than for younger ones. They receive our well-earned extra care and generally have habits and patterns that are more difficult to break free from. Dogs and cats love routine such as knowing what, where and when things usually happen. Pet parents recognize all of this and some parents wonder how their pets' special needs would be able to be accommodated should they need to leave on vacation or for the weekend.
Additionally, senior pets are more likely to have underlying health problems and sometimes they aren't discovered until their routine changes. Common, everyday senior pet health issues include:
Kidney, heart, or liver disease
Now, don't let all of this put a dent in your day. It is a fact that senior dogs have their own special needs and requirements as they age. Plain and simple. There are some things you are able to do prior to going on vacation which can help your senior pet adjust to a new routine and environment. One of the biggest suggestions if you haven't utilized a pet resort very much, is to plan to introduce your senior to either a 1/2 day visit, or an overnight stay, in order for him to "test the waters" and get a bit familiar.
Preparing for your Senior Pet's Visit
It would be wise to speak to the Pet Resort's staff regarding the care of senior pets. Perhaps they have a particular protocol and specialized services aimed at providing the easiest transition into the facility and new routine.
Be honest and upfront with any known conditions your pet may have. The staff will be better able to recognize problems with a particular condition if they know what to look for.
Take along all medications, supplements, special diet your pet may need during his visit and be sure they are labelled appropriately. It's also important to speak with your veterinarian regarding vaccinations to make sure any necessary updates are addressed in plenty of time.
Caring for Senior Pets
Most pet care facilities have measures in place to help your senior pet enjoy their visit to the fullest while receiving the well-earned and extra care they deserve. Additional attention, extra bedding(orthopedic mats), no slip flooring, soft music, more potty breaks, mobility walks, special accommodations in a quiet area and special diets as needed.
According to experts at PetMD, they acknowledge that there are certain ways to help your senior pet.
Provide your older dog with special accommodations too. For instance, dogs with arthritis might benefit from soft bedding in the form of a special dog bed or towels/blankets on which to sleep. Ramps can be used to make stairs easier to navigate if they cannot be avoided. Even providing carpeting or rugs over hard-surface flooring can help your arthritic dog gain his footing and make it easier for him to get around.
Boarding at Midnight Sun Pet Resort
At Midnight Sun Pet Resort , we know you are looking for someone who will be able to take care of your pet in a loving, respectful and professional manner. Your senior pet will need to rely on all of his needs being met by understanding people. Senior pets hold a special place in our hearts and beside the extra care that will automatically be given,
we have developed a package to further enhance the spoiling which occurs here! Our Senior Pet Package will give your senior some extra perks you are looking for and which your pet deserves.