How To Look After A Senior Dog

  • 30/09/2019
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Just like our needs change as we grow older, dogs go through the same process. They too become less mobile and can’t hear or see that well. On top of all that, they also become much more prone to various illnesses and diseases. However, not everything is so gloomy.

Dogs can spend their golden years happy and healthy, but only if we, their owners, take good care of them. To help you make that possible, we’ve prepared the following tips, which should help you take care of your aging dog.

Understand the process

It’s important to remember that not all dogs are considered seniors at the same age. It mostly depends on the breed and dog’s unique traits. Smaller dogs generally live longer and are not considered old until they are 10 years of age. Giant breeds, on the other hand, are considered old by the age of five or six. What they all have in common is that they have less energy and might develop cataract or hearing problems. Their organs stop working well, which leads to kidney or liver disease, diabetes, obesity and other health issues.

Regular exercise

Young dogs usually love exercising and playing outside. Older dogs may not be that enthusiastic about it, but they still need some form of physical exercise to help them keep their ideal weight and remain in shape. However, you can’t use the same exercise program any more and you should consult your vet about an alternative program for your senior dog.

Appropriate diet

A well-balanced diet is crucial to every dog’s health, but it is particularly important when it comes to senior dogs. Since they are more prone to obesity, as a result of lacking the same energy levels as before, you need to make sure they get the best dog food, which is specially designed for senior dogs. Australian dog owners have realised that a long time ago and they always consult their vet about the most appropriate diet for their dogs. Luckily, there are many great dog supplements in Australia, which can help an aging dog get the right amount of energy through food.

Regularcheck-ups

As our four-legged friends get older, they need more medical attention and more careful monitoring. Their immune system becomes weaker and they may easily succumb to various diseases. So, taking your dog for regular check-ups is of great importance and you should do it at least twice a year. The sooner a problem is diagnosed, the better the chances of recovery your dog will have.

Oral health

We understand the importance of oral hygiene to us and do everything we can to look after our teeth and gums. Dogs, on the other hand, depend on us to help them and many owners simply neglect this obligation, unfortunately. Dental care is very important and should be performed regularly from a young age. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly and give it dental treats. Make sure you take it to the vet at least once a year to have their teeth professionally cleaned.

Provide special accommodation

As we know, older dogs frequently develop arthritis or other bone and joint problems that affect their mobility. If they also have problems with their eyesight, things just get even more complicated. Those owners whose dogs are no longer able to climb stairs should provide soft bedding and easily accessible bed that doesn’t require jumping or climbing. Next, place carpets and rugs around the house, so that your dog can gain its footing. If your dog is completely blind, avoid moving furniture, since it will only confuse the dog and make it bump into things.

While not all dogs are the same, we can safely conclude that they all get old at some point and that it’s over obligation to help them remain happy and healthy for as long as possible. With proper care, your elderly dog can maintain its health and have a happy life.

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