The fact that senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Identifying a dog as a senior, depends on the individual dog. In general, giant breed dogs age faster than smaller breed dogs.
Keep your Senior Dog Active
It can help keep your older dog lean and maintain healthy joints and muscles. Customize your dog’s exercises to individual needs. Walking around the block is probably just getting started for a large breed, but for a tiny Chihuahua, the same may be tiring. If your senior is not used to exercise, start slow and gradually increase the intensity — and only after you’ve consulted a vet.
Healthy Diet for your Senior Dog
Ideal body weight is key. Overweight dogs have a higher incidence of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, skin disease, even cancer. Your veterinarian can help you choose an appropriate diet for your dog, especially since overweight dogs must be fed carefully to ensure that all nutrient needs are met while still allowing for weight loss. For instance, functional treats that are lower in calories such as Digestive Bites by Natural Remedies are grain and gluten free which can help obese or overweight dogs. Treats with a carefully chosen carbohydrate or carbohydrate blend can also help keep your overweight dog feeling satiated.
Overcome Mobility issues in Senior Dogs
Arthritis is a recurring problem and has to be faced. It gets easier to handle, if supplements are given to your senior dog at an earlier point in time.
Supplements like OrthoronTM from Natural Remedies help combat arthritis problems much more effectively for your senior dogs.
Comfortable Spaces for your Senior Buddy!
Arthritic Dogs might benefit from soft bedding in the form of a special dog bed or towels/blankets to sleep on. Ramps can be used to make stairs easier to navigate if they cannot be avoided. Carpeting or rugs over hard-surface flooring can help your arthritic dog gain his footing and make it easier for him to get around.
Two is company!
Dogs are emotional and require unconditional love, as they give you the same. In the end it is all about mental comfort. Never leave your senior dog alone. Keeping company creates happiness and positivity and helps your senior buddy look forward to a happy life!