Like humans, dogs show signs of aging too. Lower energy levels, limping, declining vision, difficulty in moving, and weight loss are some of the conditions that indicate old age in dogs. As a pet owner, it will no doubt be difficult to watch your dog aging. However, you can be rest assured that taking care of your aging companion is not complicated, and is an extension of the care and love you’ve given him since he was a puppy.
Read on to understand the requirements of keeping your senior dog healthy and happy.
Feed your senior dog what his body needs.
A canine’s metabolism gradually reduces as she ages. She will require a diet that contains fewer calories. Feeding your senior dog the same diet she ate when she was younger may lead to the accumulation of excess body fat which may cause diseases like arthritis or diabetes. Consult your vet for a diet based on your dog’s current condition. In addition, feed your senior dog treats, enriched with herbal actives, which support joint health and control stress.
Your aging dog needs exercise too.
While your dog may no longer run wild like he used to, it doesn’t mean he should sit in a quiet corner of the house. Exercise helps stimulate your dog physically and mentally. Regular and mild physical activity, in old age, can help your dog maintain healthy joints and muscles. It will also prevent weight gain, a common issue among senior dogs. Engage your dog in leisurely walks or in one of his favorite games to help him get his daily dose of exercise.
Visit the veterinarian.
A health check-up at least once every six months is essential as your dog begins to age. Frequent check-ups can help keep track of your senior dog’s physical condition and provide an opportunity to update his nutritional and fitness regimen.
Senior dogs need grooming too.
With a potentially weakened immune system, your senior dog can be vulnerable to ticks, fleas, and parasites. Remember to check the hidden spots on his body including the underside and under the tail for signs of parasites. Keep a tab on your dog’s dental hygiene as well. If neglected, teeth can develop tartar that can cause bacteria to enter your dog’s bloodstream.
Help your loyal friend embrace old age by continuing to provide the routine care he needs straight from your heart! Proactive care can provide a bonding opportunity with your aging companion, and at the same time, keeping him healthy and happy.