Caring For Older Dogs

Dog Care Deerfield

If you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the companionship of an older pet, kudos to you!

Older dogs add a special kind of joy to our lives. Many times they’ve already be domesticated so they’re probably used to everyday life. Many mature pets have also received some sort of obedience training or at least understand basic commands like sit, stay and down. In most cases, they don’t have to be potty trained and you don’t have to worry about them running a muck or destroying your personal belongings.

And with the proper care and attention, you can look forward to spending many more years with your veteran furry friend.

Because of improvements in diets and veterinary care, pets are living longer lives. For a long time dogs were considered to be senior at about 7 or 8 years old, while some larger breeds reach geriatric age by 5 or 6.  But now experts say physical age isn’t the only thing that determines you pet’s longevity. It’s also environment, nutrition and genetics.

That’s good news for pet lovers because it means they have a chance to help enhance the quality of life for their pet. The Barking Lot came up with some of the ways you can do this is by:

Visit the Vet Regularly

With pets, it’s much more difficult to detect any conditions or illnesses. Older dogs are more susceptible to things like heart disease, kidney disease and arthritis. That’s why periodic trips to the vet are necessary. Not only can they help safeguard against these conditions, checkups can help prevent them.

If your pet is suffering from mobllity issues, the best way to help them get around is by making things a little more convenient. For instance, putting rugs down to cover slippery floors would help keep a pet with a bad hip from slipping.

Help Control Your Dog’s Weight

Diets high in fat can be detrimental to your dog’s health, leading to heart disease, diabetes or even cancer. Instead, talk to your vet about foods that are suitable for your pet especially if he’s overweight.

Walk Your Dog Often

A proper diet should only be part of your regime for a healthy pet. Walking your dog is a must especially for older pets. Often the joints and muscles stiffen up due to the lack of exercise. Does your older pet do well with several brisk jogs or is a slower walk more at his pace?  Talk to you veterinarian about the best fitness plan for your dog.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Just like humans, dogs require special care when it comes to their teeth. Rutine brushing with a specially designed toothbrush and toothpaste for pets is the best way to go. If your pet refuses to brush, try dog treat that help keep teeth clean.

Looking for any of these pet supplies?  Stop by today and check out all our foods and treats to keep your pet healthy and fit!

 

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