No matter what age our dogs are, we love them as unconditionally as they love us, and we do our very best to give them all the care they need. However, as we all know as our dogs get older the care we give them has to be more focused and detailed, here are 3 things you need to know when it comes to looking after an elderly pup.
As your dog gets older he/she will need good food that’s high in nutrients and lower in calories. If you are having trouble picking a diet ask your vet about suitable foods specific to your senior dog. It’s very important to understand that even if your pet is as lively as he/she was in their youth, feeding them the same food is not a good idea.
While you shouldn’t expect your senior dog to jump through hoops and party like it’s 1999, you should still try to keep your pet active. A walk two or three times a day will do wonders. First thing in the morning, midday and after dinner will keep your dog fit healthy.
Dental Care & Annual Checkups
Just like people, dogs need extra care of their teeth as they age. Your best bet will be to get your dog low-calorie chews that can help get rid of tartar build up on their teeth. Try a toothbrush if your dog is tolerant and you don’t mind a couple of cuts, it goes a long way to preventing dental problems. Also even if your pet is in great health make sure you take them to the vet on a yearly basis to prevent any diagnosed symptoms that can increase as your pet ages.