Just as a person ages, so does your dog. As your dog ages, his body may not work as efficiently as it once did. By learning about your older dog’s needs, you can help him or her enjoy good health throughout their senior years.
SIGNS OF AN OLDER DOG
Bad teeth/bad breath
Eyes that appear cloudy or whitish
CAUSES FOR CONCERN
Gradual weight loss or gain
Increased water consumption
Change in bowel habits
Shortness of breath and/or coughing
If you notice any of these signs, please call us to set up an appointment.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Older pets like routine. Meals, grooming, and exercise should take place at the same time every day. Try to reduce the stress on your pet.
2. Consult with the veterinarian about obtaining a senior diet for your canine. Older dogs usually require a diet lower in calories and possibly a more specialized diet.
3. Exercise! Mild exercise can help keep muscles and joints limber.
4. Regular veterinary visits should be at least once a year. These visits should include a physical exam, and sometimes bloodwork, urine checks, and possibly other tests depending how your senior pet is doing.