At Countryside Animal Health Center we provide some vaccines that are guaranteed to provide a titer for up to 3 years, however, not all diseases are covered by 3 year vaccines. Vaccines are important for ALL ages of dogs and cats. Talk to our doctors about senior pet care and which vaccines are very important for your particular dog to continue to receive in their old age. They may have some important recommendations based on the life style of you and your pet.
Unfortunately here on Earth we all age. The sad part is that the older we get, the less likely we can eat like we used to as kids and teenagers! Dogs and cats are exactly like us in that regard. Older pets have slower metabolisms which means they don’t need to eat as much to maintain their weight. That is good when they were in the wild since as they age, they might not be able to catch their prey as easily as when they were young.
However, when our pets live in our house, they rarely have to “catch” their food but their metabolism still slows down and we need to feed them less so they don’t get fat. Older pets also have a higher need for certain nutrients such as antioxidants and glucosamine.