HOW SENIORS FEED THEIR PETS

When you know how seniors feed their pets, you can help them choose more balanced and nutritious, homemade alternatives
Seniors feed their pets nutritious homemade snacks of dehydrated tripe and sweet potato

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
  • home-cooked
  • how quickly kibble can turn rancid
TREATS AND REWARDS
  • over-treating
  • 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.

https://www.medicarefaq.com/blog/food-treats-water-part-4-of-4 

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

SENIOR PET OWNERS CONCERNS

A senior pet owners concerns help rescue dog “Pandora” overcome her fears and have fun
Abused rescue dog “Pandora” is thriving and her senior pet owners concerns are decreasing

As we move along to part three in this series, I share some senior pet owners concerns which, naturally, are my concerns, too. This time they are specifically related to grooming services, transporting dogs and cats from A to B as well as going away and transferring care. 

A number of the retirees and folks approaching retirement age that I interviewed had just one pet while others had more. But the fundamental issues were apparent across the board.

OWNERS OR GUARDIANS?

Safety is a huge advocacy push of mine so I found out what precautions were being implemented by these pet parents when taking a dog or a cat on a car trip, whatever the reason may be. What not to do, and what could happen.

By the way, those readers who have been following me for a while know that I prefer to use the term pet parent, or pet guardian, or pet caregiver, and avoid the word “owner”. Why? Because animals are sentient beings, not possessions. That said, I made an exception by giving this article the title Senior Pet Owners Concerns. The reason being that a large segment of the population still relates to those words and they frequently appear in search results. 

MAKING ARRANGEMENTS

The survey also dealt with vacation time and arrangements for care when pets stay behind. In addition, I brought up the question of what provisions, if any, they had made in the event they were no longer able to provide for their furry family members. Declining health and new accommodation arrangements that do not allow pets on the premises, are the most obvious reasons.

For details on the findings, facts and recommendations, this link will take you to MedicareFAQ where the article was first published on May 7, 2018.

The Groomer, Transportation, Going Away, Transferring Care – Part 3 of 4

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

RETIREES TALK ABOUT THEIR PETS

Retirees talk about their pets and how satisfied they are with their veterinary care
Retirees talk about their pets like “Henry” who loves to nap beside his fav rag doll

For the second part in this series, retirees talk about their pets and what’s involved with caring for their dogs and cats. Those who also participated in my survey were people approaching retirement age, but not yet officially retired.

IDs

On the topic of identification, almost everyone I interviewed said that their pets were microchipped. However, they were decidedly less enthusiastic about collars and tags.

WALKS

The survey also revealed their leash preferences. A shout out to senior pet owners who use a dog harness, either made of soft fabric or one with straps. Unfortunately, too many still mistakenly believe that retractible leashes are the best thing since sliced bread. However, I am still hopeful that one day they will change their mind. 

VET VISITS

In addition, retirees talk about their pets specifically regarding what they think of the quality of care at the veterinary clinic, as well as health insurance and medical costs. 

Apart from the habits and concerns that these pet parents in retirement mention in the article, I added some very interesting facts and tips so that readers could participate in the discussion with valuable comments. For example, the success rate of getting lost pets back home when they are or are not microchipped. How to make sure a dog’s collar is not too tight or too loose. And, what to wear and take with you when out walking after dark. 

For details on the findings, facts and recommendations, this link will take you to MedicareFAQ where the article was first published on April 9, 2018.

https://www.medicarefaq.com/blog/i.d.s-restraints-walking-the-vet-part-2-of-4

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

OLDER PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS

A great example of how older people and their pets can have a great life together
“Good Jake” and Mom show how older people and their pets can enjoy a good life together

It’s a win-win situation when older people and their pets are able to enjoy a really good life together. So, I’d like to tell you a little bit about why and how I came to write various articles about seniors and their companion animals.

SOME BACKGROUND 

In case you didn’t already know, pets are my passion! I spend a lot of time every day either working with them, or writing about them. 

Soon after I launched my blog site, some nine months ago, I was invited by a private sector organization to become a contributor on their website. Delighted, I accepted and decided to initially focus on their target audience…retirees and those who are approaching retirement age.

In order to get to know this segment of the population a little better, I developed a survey for my own use, and conducted interviews, either in person, by phone, or online.  The end result is a four-part series about older people and their pets which I would like to share with all of you now. 

FIRST SET OF TOPICS 

Here are some highlights from the first article. The broader content includes not only what the interviewees told me, I also added useful facts and many tips.  The objective is to help pet-loving seniors everywhere care for their dogs and cats the best way possible and within their means.

  • the benefits to humans resulting from the companionship of pets
  • how to enrich the life of dogs and cats
  • avoiding accidents in the home
  • emergency situations

    and

  • what a renowned behavior expert calls “cat tv”

This link will take you to MedicareFAQ where the article was first published on March 12, 2018.

Retirees, their Pets and a Good Life Together – Part 1 of 4

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!