We sometimes forget that dogs get older, too. They don’t have wrinkles or go bald so the signs of aging are not so obvious.
Yet, they have creaky joints, get tired easily and their digestion is not what it once was.
They have special needs so the way you take care of your senior doggo needs to change, too.
It can be a challenge so here are some tips on keeping your dog healthy and happy as he enters his twilight years.
Take care of their teeth
Dental issues are a concern no matter the age of your pup, but as the dog gets older it becomes more serious.
Periodontal disease affects dogs five times more than in people. When these diseases set in, your dog can end up with more health problems than simply a toothache.
Use a gentle finger toothbrush to rub away the plaque on your dog’s teeth every day. There are special toothpastes on the market just for dogs.
Give them a chew toy that is gentle on the teeth that helps keep them clean at the same time.
Change their diet
Look for high quality dog food that will be easier to digest and supports the issues that older dogs face. Fish 4 Dogs is a dog food that is high in fish. A fish based diet is great for older dogs as it is easy to digest and will promote good joint health.
As your dog enters its senior years, it is very important to make sure their diet changes with them.
Watch out for any signs of your dog gaining a lot of weight. As they slow down they tend to start putting on the pounds. Their diet should reflect that.
Talk to your kids
If you have kids, they may not realize that their best friend is slowing down. There are a lot of tips for caring for family pets, but not many address the issue of your dog’s age.
Let your kids know that their doggo is not as spritely as he once was. They shouldn’t press him to catch up and run all day with them. They need to understand that he needs to rest more and that it may be painful to be as active as they want him to be.
Schedule frequent vet visits
Dogs have a very high tolerance for pain and don’t often show signs when they are having issues.
Make sure to be taking your pooch to the vet regularly to have them checked out. They should check them for any signs of disease and then do a conditioning check.
These checks will determine if your dog is overweight, underweight or ideal. Then they can recommend specific changes to their diet and routine accordingly.
Accommodate your dog’s mobility
If you have stairs that need to be climbed into the house, for instance, use a ramp for him. If he is used to sleeping on your bed, consider creating a soft, comfortable bed at floor level for him to sleep on to avoid the painful climb up onto your bed.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.