Photo by Rael Photography
When you first get a pet, the last thing you think about is them getting old. With your new little fluffy ball of energy, it is actually almost impossible to imagine that this little creature is going to eventually slow down and decline.
Eugene (pictured left in the above photos) is now 9 and I've had him since he was a rambunctious teenage dog of a year. But in the past few weeks, he's started to show signs of his age, mainly his back legs giving way every now and then. The vet can't really figure out why, so he's on bed rest for a bit and seems to be doing better. And while this may just been a bump in the road for him, it could be signalling the beginning of his senior years. After lots of tears and stress, here's my advice for myself as Eugene ages:
1. Be a comfort to him
He loves to be around his people. So in these next few years, I will be around him as much as I can. I will take him anywhere with me I am allowed.
2. Be present
You never know how long you have with someone, pets included. I want to enjoy all the time I have with him.
3. Spoil him, but not too much
Give him treats and sticks every day, but not too many. Spoil him, but not to the point of making him ill.
4. Be vigilant of his pain
Know when to take him to the vet. Money is nothing compared to his comfort level.
5. Pet him as much as possible
6. Don't force him to do things if he doesn't want to do them
At this age, he probably is telling me he doesn't feel well rather than just being stubborn.
7. Be thankful for him
I don't know if I believe in any kind of divine providence, but I do know Eugene and I have been and will continue to be a great support to one another. I am continually thank for him entering my life, even though a lot of people said having him wasn't a good idea since I've moved around a lot.
What are your top tips for dealing with your aging pet?
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