It is a given fact that our dogs will eventually get old. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t still be vital. Taking some preventative steps as he ages, will ensure that he is happy and healthy. Visiting you dog’s veterinarian twice a year is a great measure to prevent degenerative diseases in your senior canine. Here are some other great tips.
Just like people, it’s of utmost importance to maintain your dog’s proper weight as he ages. A dog that is too heavy will end up with many more health issues than those that are trim. A few of the challenges that might occur as a result are joint issues, arthritis, diabetes and possibly organ failure. Along these lines, adjusting your geriatric dog’s diet is most helpful. Eliminating grains from his diet will help immensely with inflammation. And providing high quality protein will ward off muscle atrophy. A key to preventing obesity in your older dog is cutting back on the treats he is given. This is easier said than done, but it is best for their overall health to do so. This should be a family affair, so it is important to explain to you children the benefits for your dog – and teach them the importance of strictly following his feeding schedule.
As dogs age, they can become more easily dehydrated. So be sure to keep fresh, cool water accessible to them. This is especially important during the summertime when temperatures soar. Many senior dogs have difficulty getting up and down, so you can help him out by providing easy access to their water supply. Placing several water bowls throughout the house will ensure that you dog can get the hydration he needs throughout the day.
Having a daily exercise routine for your senior dog will ensure a good quality of life as he grows older. Regular exercise via several short walks throughout the day will keep his body strong and flexible and his heart and circulatory system healthy. Additionally, the stimulation he receives by meeting other dogs and getting to sniff and explore will satisfy his curiosity and olfactory senses. This is just as important for older dogs as it is for puppies.
Giving your geriatric canine the proper care can, at times, seem quite challenging. Nevertheless, taking a few of the preventive measures mentioned in this article will help your dog grow older in good health and with a high quality of life. Our dogs give us so much without asking anything in return. It’s the least we can do to provide the, the opportunity to enjoy their golden years.