5 Care Tips For Aging Dogs
As our dogs grow old, we must come to terms that they will begin to slow down and need extra accommodations. The aging process affects every breed at a varying pace, but generally, larger dogs can be considered senior by 8-10 years old. For smaller breeds, the aging process may be slower, but eventually, aging will affect all dogs dramatically. As a nurturing pet parent, be mindful of your senior dog’s needs. Continue below to learn 5 quick care tips for your elderly companion:
- Regular vet visits: Dogs in twilight years will begin to express various signs of distress natural to the aging process. Be it muscular atrophy, or arthritis, your dog’s senior status means he’s going to need regular visits to the vet.
- Dental care: We mustn’t forget about our senior dog’s mouth. Sadly it’s all too common for pet parents to neglect their pet’s dental needs. By the time your dog reaches seniority, his neglected mouth may require major dental work.
- Exercise your senior dog: Through exercise, your dog can maintain healthy muscles and joints into their aging years.
- Entertainment: Provide your senior dog with plenty of toys and puzzles to keep their mind sharp and stimulated. Food puzzles are also a good way to regulate food intake and encourage weight loss.
- Accommodations: Ease your senior dog’s quality of life in your home. Provide ramps and cushioning to ease your dog's joint pain or lack of strength.
Seeing our pet's age is hard, but it’s up to us to provide our companions with comfort and happiness—no matter their age.
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Ensure your senior dog maintains a high quality of life by visiting Kings Crossing Animal Hospital. Our skilled and professional staff will offer your pooch routine preventive care to make sure they stay strong and healthy into their senior years. For all your pet’s medical and wellness care needs, visit or call us today to schedule your companion’s wellness appointment.