Pet parents struggle with the realization that their dog is getting older. It is important to recognize the signs of aging to ensure your dog’s quality of life does not change. Here are 5 things that you can do.
1. Feed Your Dog a Nutritious Diet
Good nutrition is important at any age and becomes even more so during your dogs senior years. Talk to your vet about the type of diet that your dog should be eating. We can make recommendations for special and/or prescription diet foods that will help your senior dog thrive.
2. Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise
Your dog may slow down in their old age, but that does not mean that he should be spending his days curled up on the couch. Exercise is critical to keeping your dog healthy. You may not be able to go on long hikes with your dog now that he is older, but shorter less strenuous walks will keep him feeling good.
3. Keep Your Dog at a Healthy Weight
Extra pounds on an older dog means more stress on their body, including joints and internal organs. If you feel that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, talk to us about a weight loss and exercise plan.
5. Schedule Regular Check-Ups
ALOT can happen between vet visits. It is recommended that senior dogs see the vet every six months. Many diseases if caught early enough, can be treated. Your vet will look for issues like kidney problems, diabetes and/or severe arthritis. These visits are also a great time to talk to your vet about a good diet and exercise routine for your senior pet.
6. Don’t Forget the Importance of Dental Health
Regular dental care is important throughout your dogs life but especially for senior dogs. Poor dental health can lead to various other health problems for your dog. Make sure to request that your vet preform a dental exam at their next exam. A great way to contribute to your senior dogs health is to keep his teeth and gums in good shape with regular at-home brushing and yearly dental cleanings.
As your senior dog ages and heads into senior years they will need even more care and attention. It is important to monitor their health and keep them healthy and happy for their senior years. If you have questions about your senior dogs health or would like to schedule a senior exam, please give us a call today.