Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hunker down between December and April and only get out of bed for the bare necessities? Your senior pet might wholeheartedly agree with this decision. The truth is, winter is rough on everyone, but the key to sustained senior pet health is actually not hibernation – it’s the opposite.
Use It, Don’t Lose It
Keeping your senior pet active, even in the colder months, is crucial to his or her health. While we know motivation can be in short supply this time of year, we encourage you to keep up with a daily exercise routine as much as possible.
Winter Tips for Senior Pet Health
One way to prepare for the coming months is to schedule a senior wellness exam. We can assess your pet’s overall health and make recommendations to keep activity levels up – and weight off. Even a few extra pounds can be a large burden on aching joints.
Cold, damp weather can also increase the frequency and intensity of symptoms associated with arthritis. At Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital, we can help you find medications or treatments to mitigate stiff joints, soreness, and pain.