Your dog and you can work together to keep each other young. But, since your dog has little control over when he gets to go for a walk, how often he gets to chase the Frisbee or the ball, what he eats every day or how much attention he gets he is relying on you. This is why it is so important that we make sure our dogs receive everything they need from us… And more. You can’t love your dog too much. You can spoil your dog, yes that’s true. And, that’s not healthy for them either, if it includes fatty treats. You have to find that fine line and do everything in your power not to cross it – at least not too often.
KEEP TREATS THE TREATS TO A MINIMUM
We all love the way our dog acts and looks, when they are expecting or get a treat. And treats can come in very handy for positive reinforcement, during training. Giving a dog too many treats however, will lead to weight problems and nobody wants that. Being overweight will make your dog older than their years, just like it will with a human.
NEUTERING AND SPAYING
This procedure actually helps prevent reproductive organ cancer, cysts and other types of cancer.
DOG FOOD IS IMPORTANT, BUT….
Making sure that your dog gets the right kind of nutrition through the food they eat every day is essential, but it never hurts to provide a little bit of a question with proven, reputable dietary dog supplements. There are dietary supplements made specifically for senior dogs. Ask your vet what they recommend.
WHO WANTS TO GO FOR A WALK?
If your dog doesn’t practically turn itself inside out, when you ask this, something is already wrong. Exercise helps keep your dog physically fit and healthy. Whether it is swimming, skateboarding or even walking on the treadmill, you need to keep those old joints limber, for a long and productive life.
EYE ON THEIR ENVIRONMENT
Just like you would child proof your house against poisons and other hazards, so should you with your home and your dog. Not only your home, but your yard counts as your dog’s environment too, so keep an eye on them while they’re outside, lounging, playing and sniffing, as well. And, make sure that you put them in a safe area, when riding in the car. Seat restraints are now available for your pet, to keep them in place, the next time you have to swerve, slam on the brakes and avoid that crazy driver in front of you.
TAKE THEM TO THE VET
If your child was sick you’d take them to the doctor. The same goes for your dog. If they show signs of sickness or injury, they should be taken to the vet as soon as possible. You should also plan an annual physical, for you furry friend, to keep the up to date and protected with their shots.
TEETH ARE IMPORTANT
Keep a close eye on their dental care. Make sure that they are chewing the appropriate things that will encourage dental health. Your vet can make an appointment, to have your dog’s teeth cleaned and this will include putting them under an anesthetic, but for many dogs it’s extremely worth it. There are also gentle tooth care, that does not require a little nap, to get their mouth clean.
Before you can decide what to do for your senior dog, you need to know just exactly what specifies ‘senior’ in your dog. Certain breeds live longer than others. Other breeds age better, more gracefully, than other breeds. And sadly, many dogs are prone to joints and hip problems, as they age – and they don’t have to be necessarily ‘old’ for that to occur. This is where joint supplements can come in. You don’t have to wait until your dog is old to start them on joint healthy supplements either. That’s like waiting until the damage is done. Senior dietary supplements can also help dogs with digestion, healthy coat and pain and stiffness from joint issues and arthritis.