Last but by no means least, the topic of how seniors feed their pets and keep them hydrated concludes the fourth and final article in this four-part series. Each week we have presented a wide range of subjects that show how retirees and those approaching retirement age care for their dogs and cats.
Even though we interviewed just over a dozen people, some of whom have multiple pets, the findings are insightful. Most importantly, they give other pet guardians ideas to try out as well as actions to avoid. It is meant to be a learning experience for all animal lovers.
OUR BODIES ARE SIMILAR
Without nutritious food, and water that is toxin free, the body’s essential functions are compromised. This results in health issues that range from minor to life-threatening.
With themselves in mind, humans are definitely paying greater attention to the benefits of certain foods and avoiding those which can cause harm and illness. Now, finally, people of all ages are demanding no less for the dogs and cats that share their home.
HOMEMAKE IS BETTER
There is a lot of discussion going on right now about recalls of dry and canned pet food because it has been found to contain harmful ingredients and even foreign matter, such as pieces of plastic. So it’s no wonder that pet parents everywhere, from millennials to retirees, are starting to prepare Fido’s and Fluffy’s food from scratch.
Here is an introduction to some of the survey findings, facts and tips that focus on how seniors feed their pets.
FOOD AND MEALTIMES
- number of meals
- free-fed or measured
- wet or dry
- how quickly kibble can turn rancid
TREATS AND REWARDS
- healthy treats
- rewarding good behavior
- parent’s guilt
- medication disguise
WATER, QUALITY AND QUANTITY
- tap or bottled
- optimum daily intake
- water fountains
- flat-faced breeds alert
- bowl bacteria buildup
For details on the findings, facts and recommendations, this link will take you to MedicareFAQ where the article was first published on June 4, 2018.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!