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Senior Pet Care Part 1-Dr. Williamson and Simon's Story

Senior Pet Care Part 1

Dr. Williamson & Simon's Story

Dr. Williamson and Simon

Because dogs/cats age much faster than humans, senior pet care is a very important part of a pet’s life. Usually pets are considered seniors at approximately 7-9 years of age depending on the breed and size of the pet.  Pets in their senior years have many extra needs that require close attention from their human care givers.

Simon relaxing on Dr. Williamson's bed

I happen to have a pet that is in his senior years, so I deal with most of these considerations on a daily basis. My domestic short hair cat, Simon is seventeen years old. I got him as a rescue when he was just a few months old. He was found under a dumpster with a couple of his litter mates. I was working at an animal hospital in Dublin,Ohio when a client brought them in. He was gray and fuzzy and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with him and take him home.  Over the years Simon and I became close, we would play in my apartment hallway with his favorite cat toys, watch TV together on the couch and he slept happily on my head every night. But my life is always changing…. I got married, went to veterinary school and had children. Simon was right beside me through all of it.

Simon begging for a bite of food

Now he is the one that greets me at the door when I get home. He answers me with a meow when I ask him a question or call his name. He still sleeps with me most nights and meows at me in the morning when its time to get up.

Stanley (left) and Simon (right) peering down from baskets above Dr. Williamson's cabinets

He’s sitting with me now with his paw on my shoulder, just as he does every night when I finally sit down to watch a little TV.  Pets are such an important part of our lives, especially when you have one around as long as Simon. 

Please check back on Wednesday for Part 2, Tips on Caring for Your Senior Pet!

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