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keeping your senior dog healthy

by Twila on September 22, 2015

Just like with us humans, when dogs reach their senior years they need a different kind of care compare to younger doggies. This doesn’t mean to put your elderly furbaby it in a home lol, but may have to change up their normal routine a bit in order to make their lives a little easier. Below are some helpful tips.

Frequent check-ups

Now that your fur baby is a senior citizen you may have to schedule more vet visits then before. Your vet may expect to see your dog at least twice a year or more if your elderly dog has already developed serious health problems that need to be monitor. During this stage of life, Fido may be more likely to have arthritis, kidney, heart or dental problems.

Changes in your Fido’s behavior

Take note of any changes in your dog’s behavior such as changes in appetite, water consumption, bathroom habits, sleep routine etc. This could be an indication of a health problem developing that should be discussed with your vet. If your pet start to demonstrate signs of being irritated for no reason, this may be due to pain, difficulty seeing, or hearing properly.

Make your home senior dog accessible

Your pet may have trouble jumping on your bed or furniture so to make it easier for your doggie to cuddle next to you by purchasing a ramp or stairs that are made specifically for pets. If you live in a two story home provide ramps on the stairs so Wags wont have to aggravate his joints getting around the house. To prevent potty mistakes have pee  pads in different parts of your home.

Picking out the right food

Your pup’s diet is also changing so it is very important to purchase food that is made specifically for mature dogs. If your elderly pet is having issues with gaining a lot of weight, seek out food that is for less active dogs. If your pet needs to put on more weight they are diets for that. There are foods that can control certain health problems as well. If your not sure which food is best consult your vet.

Orthopedic beds

You can purchase a orthopedic bed designed just for pets with sore joints. These beds provide heat and vibrations that decrease joint stiffness and increase blood circulation. This will definatley give your dog a pawesome  night of sleep.

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