Pets can suffer from a variety of heart conditions. Some types of heart disease may lead to congestive heart failure in dogs. CHF in dogs is a common condition for senior canines. It affects almost 25 percent of dogs between the ages of 10 and 12. While this can be devastating for many pet owners,…Read More
Senior Dog Care
Being faced with an older companion that refuses to eat or exhibits signs of a loss of appetite can be a scary situation for dog owners. Loss of appetite in dogs is often one of the first signs that your pet is not feeling well. At some point, however, most older dogs begin to eat…Read More
Everyone needs a friend – especially the elderly. As you go through life, loved ones, family and friends eventually pass away. It is a hard reality of life. As you enter your golden years, friendship and love become more important than ever. There’s no more loyal friend than a dog. He will keep you company…Read More
No matter how old your dog is, when they have a seizure, it’s a terrifying experience. As your dog ages, health issues tend to crop up more frequently – and you spend more time worrying about them. Despite appearing to be life-threatening, most seizures do not affect dogs long-term. But it all depends on what…Read More
If someone were to ask if you knew the location of your dog’s thyroid, would you know where to look? Located in the neck, this gland is a commonly overlooked part of the body with surprisingly large implications on your dog’s well-being. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland has a major impact on the body,…Read More
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
One of the most difficult decisions any pet owner is faced with is knowing when to let go. Choosing the right time to euthanize your beloved fur-baby is never an easy one, but it’s unfortunately a necessary part of life, however heart-wrenching it may be. Although there are a number of factors to consider carefully…Read More
Just like with humans, the older a dog gets, the more their overall health starts to deteriorate. While age comes with less energy and shakier joints, it also comes with deteriorating sensory and cognitive functioning. Sometimes this decline in mental and physical capabilities can cause older dogs to act out or misbehave. However, being aware…Read More
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
Although it can be heartbreaking to learn that your aging dog is going blind, the silver lining is knowing that there are plenty of ways to adapt to this new situation. You will find that with a few lifestyle adjustments, you can still enjoy many of the same activities with your furry friend. Begin Blind…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.