Pets are now living longer than ever due to improved technology and veterinary care. However, with increasing life spans comes more nurture and care for the older dogs in our lives. We have compiled a few tips to make sure you are caring for your senior dog in the best way you can.
Increase Vet Visits
As animals get older, health risks increase and it is important to stay on top of monitoring these issues. By doubling up on general vet check-ups to 2x a year, you can avoid finding out about a serious health concern before it is too late. Dogs age faster than humans, so even 6 months is a long time for your furry friend. A lot can happen in that period of time, so stay on top of pet visits to make sure your dog is getting all the care it needs.
Diet and Nutrition
Older pets often have trouble chewing hard, dry food. Especially since with age, dental issues often arise, it is common for dog to have to switch to a different food. Foods designed specifically for older dogs is not only easier for your dog to eat, but often contains ingredients that are easier to digest. Some even have supplements that help alleviate different symptoms age brings on. Ask your vet what they recommend, or do some research to see which food will work best for your dog.
Exercise and Weight Control
As dogs age, they cannot handle as much physical activity as they used to. However, this does not mean that exercise shouldn't still be apart of their every day routine. Many older dogs become overweight because they don't get nearly enough exercise. Overweight dogs often times deal with increased health problems as well, and joint pain is very common. To avoid this, make sure to take your dog on a walk for as long as he or she can handle. You don't have to push them too far, but keeping your dog in shape as they increase with age will keep them healthier and more mobile.
Stay on Top of Common Health Risks
As dogs age, their immune systems become weaker. This means there in an increased risk for potential health problems caused by ticks, fleas, worms and other pests. Talk to your vet during your annual (or recommended semi-annual) visit to discuss how to best prevent these issues. To prevent fleas in a safe and all natural way, give your dog their daily Flea Away tablet, repelling fleas from ever getting on them in the first place. One less health concern to worry about!