5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Senior Pet

Whether you currently own a senior pet or you’re planning to adopt one, wouldn’t you agree that they are amazing creatures? Senior pets have so much to offer a family. They may come with different responsibilities than a younger pet, but they are equally as beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about senior pets and how one might be the perfect fit for you.

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CRITTER CHATTER: “Baby, it’s cold outside”

By Dr. Phil

There is snow on the Rockies, pumpkins in the farm stands and Halloween costumes for sale in Costco. But it’s 93° in Burlington Vermont, and I am having trouble thinking about getting ready for cold weather. However, I know it’s coming and that exposure to dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause discomfort to pets. So now is the time to think about preparing you and your pet for winter.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I didn’t read the can soon enough. I haven’t been refrigerating the powder. Is it still good?
A: Once a Milk Replacer can has been unsealed, it must be refrigerated. The dry powder can be refrigerated for up to 3 months or frozen up to 6 months. Reconstituted Milk Replacer must be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

Q: What does the label warning “For Intermittent or Supplemental Feeding Only” mean? Can I give it to my pet every day?
A: Vitamins and Supplements are intended to support a balanced diet. This is required language on feed supplements since they cannot do not meet either the adult maintenance, or growth, and/or reproduction standards of a full and balanced diet required like dog and cat foods. The statement advises that the product, alone does not constitute a healthy diet but supplements a healthy diet. Products bearing this warning can be administered every day or as needed.

Q: What does the label warning “Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian” mean?
A: 21st Century must adhere to strict quality guidelines for all products it distributes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Mandated Caution must appear on all Canine Aspirin products in order to be sold in the US. This exact language reads “Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.” When a dog owner consults a veterinarian, it is expected that the veterinarian will consider the pet’s health history along with its immediate therapeutic needs to determine if the animal should take an aspirin product and advise the owner on the appropriate dosage of aspirin per body weight. So, we advise that the use of this product be confirmed by your veterinarian.

Q: Are your vitamins and supplements manufactured in the US?
A: 21st Century Pet Health Products are manufactured in the US.

Commonly asked Questions About Pet Vitamins, Supplements and Nutrition:

Q: I take vitamins every day. Should my dog and cat take vitamins too?
A: Dogs and cats do require vitamins as part of their diet, just as we do. Vitamins keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy, strengthen bones and teeth, and give them the overall energy that they need to function.

Q: What is Brewer’s Yeast, and what are its benefits?
A: Brewer’s Yeast is one of the best sources of several B Vitamins. It also contains Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride and Folic Acid needed in the diet. It is a great natural source of minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc.

Q:  Can fleas and ticks cause my dog to get sick? What kinds of illnesses can she get from them?
A: Probably the most common thing is, when these fleas are feeding, they’re injecting saliva into the skin. These salivary proteins are often allergenic and animals end up with allergy. The most common skin disease of dogs and cats is what’s called flea allergy dermatitis, where they bite and scratch and lose their hair.  It can take only a few fleas for this allergy to become a problem.

Q: There are so many different kinds of vitamins on the market. What areas does each vitamin address in your pet?
A: Vitamin A – For healthy tissues, inside and out. The best form is from fish oils, like cod-liver, and is beneficial to dogs and cats.
B Vitamins – Promote growth and aid in healing. B Vitamins are also necessary for fat and protein assimilation, as well as metabolic processes. They are found naturally in eggs, yogurt and kefir (an enzyme-rich yogurt-like product that stimulates digestion and peristalsis).
Vitamin C – An essential antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals. Carnivores can produce their own vitamin C, but their need for it increases in stressful situations. The best form for dogs is calcium ascorbate, which is water-soluble and causes the fewest side effects (such as nausea or diarrhea).
Vitamin E – An essential antioxidant. Promotes healthy circulation in the heart and arteries. It also helps protect the lungs from the effects of pollution. Senior cats especially can benefit from increased vitamin E intake to maintain their immune system responses.
Probiotics – Just as we need active, “friendly” intestinal flora to help us digest our food, so do dogs. Enhance your pet’s diet with active cultures, and treat them to kefir or plain yogurt on occasion. You can give them to your pet 4-7 times a week, to help restore and maintain a healthy digestive tract.