Getting a puppy can be a handful for many owners, but when your dog becomes older, you will also need to provide a specific level of care for its needs. Just as with puppies, senior dogs have requirements for living at their happiest and healthiest. Help your dog live out its golden years by following this general advice.
As canines age, some of their functions can decrease. Their vision, hearing, and mental faculties may decline, and their joints may grow weaker. Depending on your senior dog’s needs, you may keep the bowls of food and water in an easy-to-find place, install a ramp for the dog to access the car or bed, or even add a carpet or flooring that has more traction. If your pet has arthritis or sore joints, a heated bed can help make it more comfortable.
Senior dogs also have different dietary requirements from their younger counterparts, and each dog varies from another according to their specific health makeup. Some dogs may need more fatty acids for joint health or more fiber for digestion. Older dogs may also eat less than younger canines. Consult your vet for recommendations on what the ideal serving and diet would be.
Even though they might not be as nimble and energetic as they once were, senior dogs also need regular exercise. Take your pet out for regular walks as usual, not stretching its physical limit. Even some time exploring out in the sun can stimulate both body and brain. Keep your dog’s mental health up as well through food puzzle toys and other games.
Oral health continues to be a vital part of a dog’s health. It is best to start off your pet’s brushing routine when it is young so it is used to the feeling. Even so, continue brushing regularly to avoid chewing problems later on, or give your dog dental chew toys or treats instead.
Regular Vet Visits
Underneath their fur, your dog may have problems you cannot see. The likelihood of skin problems, tumors, and other conditions may increase as a dog ages. Senior dogs are more fragile and may be more prone to genetic conditions like hip dysplasia, diabetes, cancer, or vision problems. Talk to your vet to see what the best healthcare plan for your pet might be.
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