Special Needs of Your Senior Dog

Physical Examination of a DogJust like with humans, your dog’s body will start to break down as he puts on the years.  As an owner, you will need to take care of your senior dog’s special needs.  Keep reading to learn what this involves.

You should already know there are plenty of health conditions which can become a problem as your dog gets older.  You will want to check on your pet’s condition every week or so to ensure there is nothing wrong.  Your veterinarian can tell you everything you will need to look for, including any behavioral changes.

It is also important for you to take your dog to the vet on a regular basis.  Instead of taking him every year like normal, you should do so twice a year.  This will give you a better chance of catching any diseases before they have had a chance to progress.

You will also want to give your dog a different diet than when he was younger.  There are foods designed especially for older dogs.  Hopefully, they will provide your canine with the right balance of nutrients and minerals he needs.

As your dog gets older, you will need to scale back on the amount of food you give him at any one time.  Elderly dogs should be provided with smaller meals, more frequently over the course of the day.  Taking this step will help prevent any problems with bloat.

Your senior dog’s kidneys will be less effective than when he was younger.  You definitely do not want to stress them even more by letting your dog become dehydrated.  Therefore, ensure your dog always have access to fresh drinking water.

As a dog owner, you will need to make sure that your senior dog’s environment causes as little stress as possible.  They enjoy social interaction so you should make sure your dog truly feels like part of the family.

Exercise is also important as your dog gets older.  You definitely do not want him to sit around all day because he may become overweight.  This will cause many different problems such as heart conditions and arthritis.  Do not over-exert your senior dog, but take him outside to ensure he gets plenty of exercise.

Make sure you follow these guidelines as your dog gets older.  His needs will be much different from when he was younger.  Make sure you change his diet accordingly and that he gets as much exercise as he needs.

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