How to care for senior pets
Our pets are part of our family and it can be difficult to watch them age. Many pet owners do not know how to properly care for their aging friends. As our pets reach their senior years (10-12 years for small breeds, 8-9 years for medium breeds and 6-7 years for large breeds), they can begin to show signs of their age including arthritis, muscle loss, loss of hearing/eyesight, weight gain or loss and lethargy. Here are some helpful tips to keep your senior pets happy and healthy during their golden years.
Animals can greatly benefit from bodywork such as massage therapy, kinesiology tape, craniosacral therapy and body alignment. Many people seek these modalities for themselves but do not realize that their fury friends can utilize them as well. The majority of animals will develop some degree of arthritis and body pain as they age. Bodywork provides our senior friends with a natural way to reduce pain, improve mobility and reduce the risk of injury.
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6/14/2022 11:00:09 pm
Great article with lots of excellent information. I did want to suggest that you might want to edit it to include acupuncture as a highly beneficial modality for aging pets. I remember when one of my aging pets could only walk on three legs because of severe arthritis pain in one of her hips. With acupuncture and a TCM herbal formula prescribed by her vet, she was running around like a pup again fairly quickly.
6/15/2022 02:51:57 pm
Yes, I agree that acupuncture is an amazing modality and definitely falls under bodywork that senior pets can benefit from. :-)
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Dr. Angelique Barbara is the founder of Angel's Animals LLC, a company that has developed online animal bodywork courses for both owners and professionals. Dr. Barbara's unique teaching style along with the dynamic layout of the courses allows people of different educational backgrounds from all over the world to benefit from her knowledge.