Wiser care for your older dogs

30/04/2016 | Published by

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Bow Wow Pet lovers,

Have you recently noticed that your canine buddy is getting tired faster; panting a lot more and his sleeping hours are getting more prolonged?

For you, your dog may always be a lovable little pooch but with the passing years your dog is growing older and developing more aliments. The signs of old age are marked by fatigue, increased permeability to diseases which maybe becoming more and more visible in your dog.

Different breeds of dogs reach maturity within different age spectrums. Little dogs like Chihuahuas and poodles enter their golden years by the ages of eleven or twelve while bigger species like Great Dane reach mellowness by the age of 5 or 6. The age of maturity of a canine just like humans also depends on environmental and genetic factors.

Your furry companion needs better and more judicious care now. Here are a few tips that would help you to take wiser care of your older dogs:

1.Go for the knee

Just like our elderly, our dog’s knees also get affected by oldage. In fact not only their knees but all of their bones especially their teeth need singular attention and care in their later years. Take extra care of your pet’s dental hygiene and take him for regular checkups for their bones as they grow older.

2.Diet charts

Pay particular heed to their diets as they grow more mature. Indigestion is a frequent problem with grown-up dogs; therefore take care to decrease their carbohydrate intake. You can also add fish oil or glucosamine for alleviating joint pain.

3.Visits to the vet

Increase the frequency of visits that you pay to your veterinary doctor. Regular checkups help you keep a track of your old chum’s health and forewarn about any approaching aliments. Older pets may need additional blood tests, dental care and examinations.
Your vet can also advice you on measure that you can take to ensure your pet’s health and wellness.

4.Fitness first

Exercise your furry friend’s body and mind to aid them in the approaching old age. Mild walks and toy puzzles are highly recommended for older dogs. You can ask your vet for other exercises that help your dog maintain her flexibility and gait for the coming years

5.Age-friendly environment

Remember, when you puppy-proofed your home when she was tiny and untrained. Well, now it’s time to ‘seniorize’ your house to aid your pet for the ailments it may develop. Putting special ramps if your dog develops hip dysplasia or joint issues is helpful. Non-slippery surfaces and heated beds also prove quite useful for older dogs.

Overall pay extra attention and keep an eye out for any troubles or aliments, now your adorable older chum may develop. Watch out for sudden changes in their diets, decrease in metabolism, worsening bone health or any other significant changes.

Until next time,

Have a woof-tastic day!

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