Celebrating the Golden Years
One day your puppy will age, and you need to plan to make him comfortable in his senior years. He will appreciate all the extra attention and supervision. Your aging dog may require more frequent visits to the veterinarian and may suffer various health problems including:
- Deafness and Blindness
- Urinary incontinence
- Dental and Coronary problems
Help your senior dog enjoy a long and happy life
- Vet visits every six months instead of annually. Budget now for lab work and diagnostic testing & wellness exams along with frequent health screenings.
- Consult your veterinarian for suggestions on dietary changes and the need for supplements.
- Invest in Glucosamine-rich diet to help alleviate pain and stiffness from arthritis.
- Hiding treats around the house is a fun idea to keep older dogs moving and thinking. Puzzle toys are great, but you need to rotate them, so they don't get used to the same one.
- Gentle, low impact walks around the block are perfect for an older pup with joint concerns. Walk at their pace. Swimming is also a great option- just make sure they wear a life jacket for an added layer of safety.
- Put down carpet runners or look for toe guards that slip over your dog’s toenails and help him grip the floor and feel safer.
- Consider buying ramps to help them get in and out of cars or beds. Senior dogs need between 15 and 18 hours of sleep a day. Use an orthopaedic mattress to support her aching bones and body.
- Incontinence is an issue, so use puppy pee pads in the house, and show him where they are.
- Skin gets dry with ageing. Regular grooming and nail care are vital.
- Playdates and walks in the park might keep them young at heart.
- Go for short car rides if they enjoy it. They will feel included in life.
Moreover, spend time with her. Physical stimulation can keep his brain agile. They will have reduced sensory perception. Maintain eye contact and smile at them more often. They will be able to sense that. Reciprocate cuddling to show them love. Remember, dogs are pack animals.