How To Keep Your Dog Healthy And Happy As They Age

  • 09/09/2018
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Dogs tend to start ageing once they are past seven years old, although this could be later or earlier depending on the individual animal. Once your dog starts the ageing process, you will notice that they will begin to develop a new set of needs. They may no longer be as interested in playing their favourite game of catch and spend more time finding comfortable spots around the home to sleep and relax. Their risk of illness and disease is likely to increase, and their eyesight and hearing may no longer be what it once was. Older dogs tend to need a little more paw-holding from their favourite human, so we’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure that they can enjoy their best life.

#1. Visit the Vet More Often:

No dog likes visiting the vet, so you’re probably reluctant to double up on the number of times that you take your pooch. But, twice-annual visits to the vet for a check-up are really important for older dogs, since this will help you notice any signs of disease or developing health conditions as early as possible so that they can be treated quickly. More regular visits to the vet mean that your veterinarian will be able to conduct more full exams, evaluate your dog’s hearing and eyesight, listen to their heart function, and look for any concerning lumps and bumps.

#2. Adjust their Diet to Suit:

As they get older, many dogs will need a different set of nutrients for what they have been used to. Some dogs will need a complete food change; if this is the case with your pet, then it’s worth sitting down with your veterinarian to hear what they would recommend. Others will be fine on the same food, but it’s advisable to add supplements to help combat any common health issues that come with ageing. For example, joint supplements such as vitamin C, omega 3, MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin can help protect against aches and pains whilst boosting brain and skin health. It’s also worth looking into the benefits of CBD oil for dogs; this can help with common conditions such as arthritis, whilst helping to keep a dog that’s stressed or in pain calm and relaxed.

#3. Keep Them Active:

Even if your dog isn’t running around like they once used to, it’s really important to make sure that they are still leading an active lifestyle. You may need to adjust their exercise routine to suit their changing needs, but ultimately, daily walks and games shouldn’t be stopped just because a dog is getting on. Many older dogs will still enjoy going for long, leisurely walks which give them the opportunity to stretch their legs and sniff out new things. It’s a good idea to pair up with other dog owners in your area for walk time; this will ensure that your dog still has a good social life. If your dog has always loved company, bring both human and canine friends around to give her attention.

If these tips helped you and your dog, let us know in the comments! 

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