Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog
Senior dogs often don’t get the proper care and attention they need. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but older dogs need different care than younger dogs. Various issues can arise as your dog ages, such as arthritis or other degenerative diseases or even dental disease. Without proper care, these problems can cause pain and discomfort for pets and can cause them to stop enjoying things they once loved, like playing and eating. At the Canine Country Club of Arkansas near Little Rock, we want dog owners to be prepared to care for their senior dogs. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help care for your senior dog.
- Keep regular veterinarian appointments. We can’t stress this point enough. Take your dog to the vet regularly, especially as they age. Sometimes you can’t tell when something is bothering your dog. Keeping regular vet appointments for your pup is vital to catching and preventing diseases.
- Make sure your senior dog gets exercise. Exercise should remain part of your dog’s life no matter how young or old they are. It can help their muscles and joints stay healthy as they get older. When determining your dog’s exercise, customize it depending on their unique needs and requirements. First, ask your vet for their recommendation. Keep in mind how big they are and how much exercise they are accustomed to and gradually increase the intensity.
- Feed them a high quality diet. Choose a diet that is a proper fit for your dog’s age and lifestyle. Don’t know what to look for in a dog food? Check out our helpful list of ingredients to look for and ingredients to avoid in dog food.
These tips are just a starting point for caring for your senior dog. Apart from regularly scheduled vet appointments, exercise, and a high-quality diet, you should also take care of your dog’s teeth and mouth and provide your senior pup with special accommodations. If you utilize these tips, your senior dog should be happier and have a better quality of life...and that’s what really matters, right? If you’d like to find out more about how we can help care for your senior dog at the Canine Country Club of Arkansas in Roland near Little Rock, contact us today or request a reservation for your senior dog for daycare or boarding.