Caring For An Older Dog

Caring for older dogs

 

"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." - Kinky Friedman

 

 

When your dog becomes grown-up, it's time to take some anticipatory steps in order for them stay healthy, happy and energetic. Have your vet examine your pet annually or more often, if required.

As in humans, keep your dogs weight within the proper or optimum range. An overweight dog has far more health trouble, such as joint problems, arthritis, diabetes and liver or kidney malfunctions. Cut down on the amount of treats given to your pet. It is hard to resist their touching eyes, but always bear in mind that it is for their own good. You do not want to kill your pet by thinking you are being sympathetic to them.

Feed your pet once a day or smaller amounts twice a day, but remove the food if there is any left. If you have family, make clear to them why they should not sneak food to the family pet.

As with dogs of any age, make sure there is always clean, cool water on hand. A number of older dogs have trouble getting to the water bowl, so either take the water to them or place bowls of water in a number of different places so they do not have to go far for a drink.

If doable take your dog for a small walk daily. This helps the dog's blood distribution and provides some new sights and smells to stimulate them, and it gives you value time to spend with your pet. He may be older but still inquisitive.

You may need to swap from dry food to a wet or canned food as your dog ages. His teeth may not be able to handle the hardness of dry kibbles. Looking after your older dog and taking him to the vet regularly helps keep your dog healthy and happy longer.

 

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