Unfortunately, when pets get older, taking care of them is not quite as simple. There are several factors to consider when it comes to making sure they are alright, including figuring out whether or not they are in pain. We’re here to go over some of the options you have in regards to making the right decisions for your aging pet.
Speak With Your Vet
In many cases, healthy cats, dogs, and other types of pets die of old age just like people do. If you have a pet that is particularly old but otherwise doesn’t seem to be in any sort of pain, you can just keep caring for and loving them as you’ve always done. However, in some cases you may notice your pet is whimpering or crying more frequently, or in general, not getting up to move around as much. If you have any suspicion your pet may be feeling sick in any way, it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.
Caring for an aging pet that is in pain can be difficult, especially if you suspect the pet doesn’t have long to live. You can help ease their pain and enhance their comfort by providing them with plenty of toys, warm blankets and spaces where they can relax. If your pet is having trouble controlling when they go to the bathroom it may also be a good idea to keep a sling or a towel around their body.
If a pet is so sick you don’t feel as if you can properly care for him or her, hospice care is in option. Talk with your vet, and if they do not offer these services they should be able to recommend you to someone else. In the event your pet is in incredible pain and there is no way to correct the problem, your veterinarian may also discuss euthanasia with you.
Losing a pet can be an incredibly difficult and challenging experience, but knowing they had a great life up until the end is something you should be happy about. These tips should help you comfort your pet in their time of need, and once they have passed you can further honor their memory by choosing to cremate them and keep their ashes as a remembrance.