Caring for an older dog
Caring for an older dog often leave us feeling inadequate
when our loving and ever constant companion's health and behavior change.
Ageing is inevitable from the moment of birth, and
although this process is gradual, suddenly you may notice a change in your mature dogs
behavior which can be alarming to a doting owner. We worry about them not
wanting to go for their once loved walks, or when they can no longer jump up
onto our laps, their favorite resting spot!
Large dog breeds age earlier than small dog breeds and
their live expectancy is around 10 years. A medium sized dog breed has a
life expectancy of 11 to 14 years, with small dog breeds easily exceeding 15
years. Fortunately modern veterinary medications have made huge
strides so that we are able to provide quality of life for our precious adult
dogs in their autumn years.
We can slow the process of ageing|
- Annual visits to the vet for annual vaccinations
which prevent illness
- Provide the best nutrition we can afford
- Exercise is critical in prolonging longevity
- Good grooming and kenneling
- Weight control and daily interaction
Signs that your Pooch is ageing|
- general decline in activity
- a tendency to sleep longer and more soundly
- lack of interest in long walks
- withdrawal from the activities in the home
- trouble getting up after sleeping
- hearing loss or eyesight failure
- skin and coat becomes dry
- fatty lumps may appear under their coat
- bladder control accidents
- pacing - particularly at night
Simple Guidelines for caring for an older dog|
- Keep his walks short but regular to help his aging
- Provide a comfortable place for him to sleep
- Keep his bed out of drafts. Most small dog breeds
should sleep inside anyway.
- Weight adds pressure to old joints, make sure he is
- Provide premium dog food with Omega 3 fatty acids,
designed for the mature dog
- Lift him up and down stairs or your lap.
Jumping down is not advisable for adult dogs.
- Don't punish him for toilet errors.
- Give him additional brushing, to stimulate oil
production for his coat.
- Regularly clean teeth, check ears and eyes.
- Ask your vet for pain medication for
Our four legged friends ask for so little in return for so
much. Looking after your mature dog will provide you with many more
quality years with your constant companion.
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