Supporting our Aging Pets

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Supporting our Aging Pets

Where does the time go?  We know that our pets will age, but that doesn’t make it easier when we start to see the physical symptoms. Sometimes the indicators show up slowly over time; for some animals it seems like they age almost overnight.

We know how to help with physical comfort but what about the emotions? Do we know how best to support our beloved pets as they come to terms with less energy, less mobility, and/or a decline in sight or hearing? As the aging process progresses it is important to stay in communication with our pet and help them with the emotional aspects of aging.

Graceful aging

Graceful agers tend to be wise old souls who recognize aging as a natural part of their journey on earth. These animals are generally content, fulfilled, and treasure each moment with their beloved family. It doesn’t seem to matter what their origins are; I’ve met plenty of rescue animals with difficult beginnings whose life purpose is fulfilling and they move through each stage of life with love and well-being. These animals often have significant, even profound, wisdom to impart to their human companions in their elder years. Supporting their ability and desire to guide their human with insights and knowledge deepens even further their joy, contentment, and purpose in life. It seems it is often the animals in this category who surprise their human with a rapid decline followed quickly by their passing. These peaceful, quick passings are usually expected by the animal but can leave their human confused and wishing for time to prepare.

Reluctant aging

Some animals have a harder time with the physical and emotional aspects of aging. There can be a variety of reasons for being reluctant or resentful of the aging process including concern for their humans as they begin to recognize their mortality. It’s important to communicate with these pets as they age to reassure them that aging is natural and to help them with physical and emotional comfort-care through the process. The shift from care-taking their human to accepting care is a process for them. I’ve found these animals can make that shift and joyfully accept aging when the process is a shared journey with their human.

Communicating with your pet through their years of aging and understanding how best to support them will keep you and your pet emotionally healthy and prepared for the inevitable shifts and changes in their senior years. Whether our pets joyfully enter their elder years or kick and scream a bit, what a beautiful gift to share this time with them supporting them and creating lovely memories.

I look forward to working with your beloved animals for a variety of relevant topics. Schedule your animal communication consultation now for a deeper understanding of behaviors, symptoms, and quality of life.


  1. Derel Schrock says:

    Almost “suddenly” Loulou is showing her age (exactly 14.75), or maybe I just wasn’t noticing, but we’re together 24/7. Her eyes are getting cloudy so she can’t see or recognize me if I’m >20 feet away (in the park). She can’t hear normal conversation from >10 feet away, so I have to shout. She has physical issues, trachea collapse and potential liver problems. Her left hind kneecap problem seems to have gone away. But I’m in a state of near-panic fearing losing her whenever. We’re about the same age (78), she in dog years, and I had hoped we’d check out together. I don’t think she’s in need of counseling because her behavior is more-or-less as normal as it can be (I’m probably in need of counseling). Anyway, I was glad to read the info in this newsletter which I’ll pass along to F & F who have dogs and cats. Thanks. Derel

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