Age is just a number – life is an attitude. For senior pets, minimizing age related diseases is way more important than exact age, so educate yourself! These tips are great for dog moms and dads who want their senior pet to live a long and happy life.
1. Feed Your Senior Dog a Balanced Diet!
Diet is an important part of any dog’s life! Proper nutrition is the key to keeping your dog active and playful throughout his senior years. As the old saying goes: “You are what your eat!” Ask your vet for recommendations based on your dog’s breed and exact age.
Did you know that there are specially formulated foods for senior dogs?? PetFlow carries a super selection of noms that have the ideal combination of vitamins and minerals to keep senior dogs feeling as young as puppies.
2. Check For Signs of Cancer
During regular snuggle sessions, be sure to check your doggy’s body for lumps and bumps! These could be signs of cancer, and if you feel anything unusual, you should bring your dog to see the vet right away. Changes in weight, or bleeding from the mouth or eyes, could also indicate cancer. Keep a watchful eye on your dog, and if you see something unusual, pick up the phone and give your vet a call.
3. Watch For Obesity
Older dogs are prone to obesity since they’re less active than their younger pals. A balanced diet is the only way to prevent obesity. If your pet needs to drop a few pounds, work with a vet to come up with a weight-loss plan for your pup! Avoid feeding your dog table food or too many treats. Since he’s not running around quite so much as he used to, he can’t account for all of the extra calories!
4. Care for Your Older Pup’s Teeth
We’ve all joked about “dog breath,” but it’s actually a very serious problem. Older doggies frequently get gum disease. Brushing an older dog’s teeth regularly is absolutely essential, and you should be doing it as part of your at-home routine every single day. Professional cleanings my a licensed vet should be done on an annual basis as well. Also, be sure to give your pup treats and chews for your pet to reduce tartar build up. Textured treats help scrape away at tartar and bacteria that may otherwise remain on your sweetie’s teeth.
5. Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise
Endless games of fetch happen less and less frequently as your dog reaches his golden years. Often, older dogs are content to hang out on your lap all day long like a furry little couch potato! We all love being lazy sometimes, but exercise is still very important as your dog ages.
Regular walks help prevent obesity and can extend the life of your doggy, and they also help him maintain mobility. Take your dog out for at least two fifteen minute walks daily to extend his life! Remember, minimizing age related disease is more important than exact age.
6. Schedule Regular Check-ups
Vet care is ultra essential as your dog ages, and you should schedule regular check-ups every six months for your senior dog! Be sure to ask your vet about problems specific to your dog’s breed that you should watch out for. This is also a great opportunity to consult with your vet about your dog’s diet and exercise routine.
7. Engage with your Senior Pet!
Since you’re a PetFlow pet parent, we probably don’t need to remind you to play with your fur-baby! However, did you know that interacting regularly with you senior doggy will help him to avoid senility? Elderly dogs can show signs of senility, just like elderly people. Stimulating them through playing and petting keeps them mentally mentally active.
If you notice changes in your doggy’s behavior, please consult your veterinarian.
How old is your doggy? Tell us in the comments!!!