We rely on our pets for companionship and they rely on us for their health and safety. Older pets, like older people, have special needs that require more attention from their owners. Medical and nutritional needs often change for older pets. For example, they may require supplemental vitamins and vaccinations. Regular visits to the veterinarian can help minimize the risk of health problems for your pet. Checkups can also alert you to special needs that should be provided for. Preventing problems now is the best way to handle the concerns of an aging pet. For more information, contact your veterinarian or animal care specialist.