Tips To Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy
When it comes to taking care of a dog, senior dogs require different care than younger pups. Here are a few tips that can help you take care of your aging dog.
1. Health check ups. Make sure your dog has regular visits with a veterinarian. Many veterinarians recommend senior dogs be examined twice a year. A physical examination by a vet may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease and more.
2. Note any behavior changes in your dog. Changes in your dog's behavior may be a symptom of disease. Watch specifically for changes in your dog's appetite and water consumption. Also watch for changes in urinary or bowel habits and alterations in sleep routines. Any changes in your senior pet's routines should prompt a consultation with your veterinarian.
3. Make it easier for your dog to get around. Senior dogs may have pain caused by arthritis or other health issues that make it difficult to get around. Consider providing ramps or stairs to allow your senior dog to access furniture or beds.
4. Choose an age appropriate diet for your dog. Some older pets tend to gain weight and may need a diet for less active dogs and others may need a higher calorie content. Older pets also may have diseases that can be manipulated and/or controlled at least partly through their diet.
5. Make your dog's bed comfortable. Provide soft blankets and towels for your senior dog's bed. There are special orthopedic beds made for senior dogs. These beds can be outfitted with a heat and/or vibration source, which increases circulation and stiffness. This combination can be perfect for dogs with arthritis.
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