Keeping your dog happy and mobile into old age

Keeping your dog happy and mobile into old age

It seems like only yesterday that you were bringing home an adorable, weeks old puppy into the family home. But time, as it always does, has marched on, and now that puppy is undeniably a fully grown dog. While you’ll have enjoyed sharing the dog’s prime years with him or her, there comes a time when your pooch will entering their twilight years. However, just because your dog is “over the hill” doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun. It just means that you’ll have to manage their health a little bit more, and ensure they have everything they need to stay happy and mobile.

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 Recognize Their Age

 Your dog will age much faster than you do, as we’re sure you know. As such, it’s important to keep his or her age in the back of your mind, especially once they reach ten and beyond. Then, their body will begin to age more quickly, and they won’t be able to do all the things they used to do when they were a rambunctious pup. They might not look old, but they’ll begin to feel it in their bodies once they hit their second decade.

 Get the Right Food

 There are two common problems when it comes to older dogs; they’ll either eat too much and not get enough exercise, which results in their begin overweight; or they lose their appetite and lose weight. It’s extra important that you keep a close eye your pet’s food habits. If you think their food is no longer working for them, then try something new. A dog will never eat the same food throughout its entire life.

 Think of the Weather

 Your dog will always feel the weather more than you do, but this is especially true when they reach an older age and don’t have that inner fire – or coolant – burning to keep the effects of cold and hot weather at bay. It’s warm, then make sure they’re never kept in the heat for too long. When the weather turns cold, you’ll need to manage their temperature a little bit carefully, too. If you take them for a walk, make sure they’re not able to stay still for too long, as this will cause their joints and muscles to stiffen up.

 Take the Pain Away

 Your dog will suffer from all the usual aches and pains. Alas, they won’t be able to tell you where and when it hurts; you’ll just have to keep an eye on their body and look for any changes. If you notice a soreness or a swollen area, get some anti-inflammatory drugs from Vetiq and take the pain away. Beyond that, it’ll be about making sure they’re able to be in comfort when they’re at home.

 Productive Exercise

 Finally, it’s crucial that your dog continues to get exercise, even in their old age. But be careful: too much can be just as damaging as too little, so don’t push your pet to do too much, and call it a day when they get tired.

 

 

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