Caring for an older dog is drastically different than caring for a spunky, young puppy. While it is easier in some respects, owning a senior dog does come with it’s unique challenges. One of the biggest challenges pet owners face as their dog’s grow older is keeping them active on a daily basis. While your…Read More
Senior Dog Care
Considering adopting from your local shelter? While many people’s first instinct would be to head straight for the cute and cuddly puppies, it may be wise to consider adopting a senior dog. Not only are older dogs already housebroken, which helps ease the transition of having a new furry friend in your home, but they…Read More
As much as you’d love to have a puppy for forever, the fact is dogs age. It’s no surprise then that the process of managing and taking care of older dogs versus one in their youth are two entirely different things. But just like your little puppy needed your guidance, mentorship, and love, so too does your senior dog.
When is My Dog a Senior?
This is a breed-specific answer, as dogs age at different speeds. As a general rule of thumb: older dogs come into their seniority quicker than smaller dogs.
Senior Dog Care
Here are some general guidelines for senior dog health and care.
Now more than ever it’s important your pup goes to the veterinarian. Be sure to take him for routine checkups and that the veterinarian carries out a body examination each visit. Internal health issues can brew without showing any external symptoms.
Make sure your dog is on a high-quality diet. You need to create a meal plan based on your dog’s weight, lifestyle, and age. Use this very diet to manage your senior companion’s health. For instance, if your dog’s knees are weakening and he can’t run as hard to burn off his normal food intake, then reduce the portions to avoid weight gain.
It shouldn’t shock you to know that the older your dog grows, the more his energy will wane. Still, your pup will need to move. It’s your job to make sure he keeps up with his exercise, so long as he’s capable of doing so.
These are only a few tips among hundreds. The most important thing to consider when taking care of your senior dog is that he can require lots of time, care, and money.