Introduction

Believe it or not, your dog has arrived at their senior years. While the exact definition of a senior dog varies between experts, it is generally regarded as seven years and older. But this is just a label, as your furry BFF may still act like a spring chicken and have plenty of energy to burn. Even still, there are things you’ll want to watch for as they begin the transition into the canine golden years. But don’t make them slow down, your dog still needs daily exercise. Read on for more puptastic infurmation about your seven year old doggo. 

Growth and Development

In the past, dog owners everywhere used the age old equation that one dog year equals seven human years. Armed with this logic, we thought we could get an idea of what stage of life our pup was in. Well, since this rule of thumb goes by the law of averages, it isn’t entirely accurate. Dogs of various sizes have different life expectancies. Smaller breeds tend to outlive their larger peers. This means there is not a universal age that the canine aging process begins. Plus, fitter and healthier dogs may not age as fast. So rather than determining on your own where your pooch is in the aging process, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. Be sure to ask them what falls within the bounds of normal aging and what behaviors or issues are cause for concern. Like snowflakes, every dog is unique and your vet will know what’s best for your beloved pup.

Health

Unfurtunately, the aging process can bring a whole host of health issues. Two of these maladies are gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontitis (gum disease). Over time, untreated plaque turns to tartar which can spread under your pup’s gumline. Once this happens, they can experience tender, swollen, or bloody gums. The good news is that you can help prevent this by establishing a home care routine for your pooch. If their gums still need attention, take them in for a professional cleaning. Your pup can get their gums thoroughly cleaned and teeth polished until they sparkle, and it helps ward of future problems. Along with dental care, make sure your pup is getting proper nutrition. At this age, you can consider switching your dog to senior kibble.

Training

It’s common knowledge that dogs operate within a social hierarchy with their peers, and age plays a big role in this. Your pup is getting up there in years now and will be less patient with hyper little puppies who don’t have their social skills yet. Watch your canine friend when they interact with young pups and reinforce pawsitive behavior. If you notice that your dog is losing their patience, remove them from the situation.
Sleep
Sleep

A Few More Naps

At this age, your pup may be taking more naps.
Training
Training

Mental Stimulation

New tricks, games, and commands stimulate your pup's mind.
Toys
Toys

Check Toy Supply

Remember to check your pup's toys for broken pieces or sharp edges.
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