[Giveaway] 3 Ways To Support Your Senior Horse
November marks National Senior Pet Month, and while the month-long observance mainly sparks discussions about older cats and dogs in shelters, we can’t forget about our elder equines. Whether you’re considering adopting an older horse or your own is approaching their teenage years, it’s the perfect time to celebrate our seniors. Read on for tips to keep your senior horse feeling like a foal at heart, plus get ready to enter this month’s giveaway for a chance to win Support Your Senior Horse Package.
Keep them smiling
If your horse is just entering their teenage years, it may be a while before their teeth stop growing. Until then, caring for their teeth can help protect their dental health years down the road. Poor dental health in senior horses leads to improperly chewed food, which can cause poor digestion, colic, malnutrition, tooth loss, and infection. To keep those chompers chompin’, step up those annual dental exams to twice yearly. Teeth that are not maintained develop sharp edges and rough chewing surfaces, leading to uneven wear and premature dental deterioration. Between checkups, watch out for signs of dental issues, including spitting out wads of food, chewing on one side of the mouth, avoiding cold water, and unexplained weight loss.
Get a leg up on joint support.
If your horse is getting older, but hasn’t shown signs of joint pain or stiffness, it’s actually the perfect time to start them on joint support supplements. The sooner you start, the better. In fact, young athletic horses are also recommended to take them, long before their golden years. Joint supplements contain naturally-occurring components that already exist in your horse’s body, such as glucosamine and chondroitin. By supplementing these nutrients, you can help slow age-related joint deterioration associated with daily wear-and-tear.
Other common joint supplement ingredients like turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids have numerous health benefits, including heart, immune system, and cognitive support. Save on horse joint supplements when you shop at PetMeds®.
Ride into the sunset
Though your horse may be considered a senior by their sweet 16, they do not necessarily need to retire from riding. Riding your senior horse provides mental stimulation, exercise, and emotional health benefits to protect their overall well-being. As long as you don’t notice any outward signs of slowing down, you can keep riding. Talk to your veterinarian if you need help deciding when, and how, to taper off high impact activities while keeping your horse in motion.
Enter the PetMeds® Support Your Senior Horse Giveaway!
To celebrate National Senior Pet Month and senior horses everywhere, PetMeds® is giving away a Support Your Senior Horse Prize Package that includes AniMed Biotin 100 Powder, Perfect Prep EQ Gold Pellets, and ArthriSoothe – Gold.
The PetMeds® Support Your Senior Horse Giveaway runs from Wednesday 11/3 through Tuesday 11/30. Everyone who comments from 11/3 to 11/30/21 is eligible to win. To enter, leave a comment below. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on December 1st.
Congrats to our Winner Sandy Weinstein in North Carolina. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but make sure you add these three things to your winter horse care to do list.