Introduction

Your furry BFF has enjoyed many years of running, swimming, exploring, and playing. Now, you’re more likely to catch them napping in the sun or rolling over for a belly rub. The fur on their face has turned a majestic shade of gray, and they aren’t bursting with energy like they once were. But your senior dog is still full of love and has plenty of furrific years ahead. Knowing what to expect at this stage of their life will help you be a pawsome pet parent. Here is some useful infurmation about dogs that have reached their golden years. 

Nutrition

What your dog eats can make a big difference in their quality of life. Keeping your dog fit and at a healthy weight is always a top priority, but perhaps it is even more impawtant in their senior years. Obese dogs are at risk for health problems like diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Just like humans, a dog’s metabolism slows down as they get older and they are more prone to weight gain. To help your pal maintain a healthy weight, feed them a quality dog food that is lower in calories. If your pooch is less active, consider switching them to senior kibble. Dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia can benefit from food that includes joint supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin. And if your pal has gastrointestinal issues, a high fiber diet may be helpful. Discuss your doggo’s health with your vet, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Health

Senior four legged family members are an absolute delight to have around. But as they get older, doggos are bound to encounter some health problems. Arthritis and joint issues are fairly common. Their active lifestyle starts to take a toll and your pooch may have problems standing up or going for long walks. The good news is pain medication is available. Natural remedies like massages and acupuncture can also make a difference. Older dogs often lose their sight or hearing. If this happens, establish a routine for your pup and keep your home free of obstacles. Dogs in their later years may also develop diabetes, heart disease, Cushing’s Disease, or kidney disease. Make sure your pal gets regular vet visits throughout the year. And if you notice anything unusual in their behavior, make an additional appointment. During these years, some extra love and TLC for your pooch goes a long way!

Exercise

No doubt you’ve noticed that your beloved pet isn’t as quick on the draw as they used to be. These days they enjoy lounging around the house and cuddling up for long naps. But one of the best things you can do for them is to make sure they get some sort of daily exercise. Regular movement is super impawtant. Exercise, no matter how slow, keeps your dog’s joints lubricated, improves blood flow, decreases inflammation, maintains healthy weight, and keeps your pal in a good mood. There are several ways to exercise your older pooch. Walking is a pawsome option. Swimming is ideal for doggos with joint issues like arthritis or hip dysplasia. Even tossing around a toy in the house stimulates your pal’s body and mind. Or give them a treat dispensing toy. Remember to always pay attention to your dog and don’t let them overdo it. Regular exercise will keep them healthy for years to come!
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