Caring For Aging Canine Companions

By Tena Burdge March 18, 2024, 05:45 PM

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1. Regular Veterinary Check-Ups

Schedule regular veterinary check-ups for your senior dog, ideally twice a year, to monitor their health and address any age-related issues promptly.

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2. Age-Appropriate Diet

Feed your senior dog a balanced, age-appropriate diet that meets their nutritional needs. Consider switching to a senior-specific dog food formulated for older dogs to support their aging bodies.

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3. Weight Management

Monitor your senior dog's weight and adjust their diet and exercise accordingly to prevent obesity or weight-related health issues.

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4. Joint Care

Provide your senior dog with comfortable bedding and consider using joint supplements or medications recommended by your veterinarian to manage arthritis or joint pain.

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5. Regular Exercise

Keep your senior dog active with regular, low-impact exercise to maintain muscle tone, joint flexibility, and mental stimulation. Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise based on your dog's health and mobility.

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6. Dental Care

Maintain your senior dog's oral hygiene by regularly brushing their teeth and providing dental treats or toys to prevent dental issues such as periodontal disease.

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7. Mobility Assistance

Consider providing mobility aids such as ramps or stairs to help your senior dog navigate stairs or furniture more easily, especially if they have mobility issues or arthritis.

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8. Quality of Life

Pay attention to your senior dog's quality of life and make adjustments to their care as needed to ensure they are comfortable and happy in their golden years. This may include providing mental stimulation, companionship, and a loving environment.

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