Is your dog going grey around the muzzle? It can be hard to realize that your furry best friend is entering his golden years. Fido will still be the same cute, lovable pet as always, but he will slow down as he ages, and his needs will change a bit. A Pasadena, MD vet offers senior dog care tips below.
Make sure your pup is eating quality, nutritious food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks. It’s very easy for older dogs to pack on extra weight, as they aren’t as frisky or playful as their younger counterparts. Fido will also appreciate elevated doggy dishes, which are much more comfortable for him to eat from.
Make sure Fido has a comfy bed to snuggle up in. We recommend orthopedic beds for older dogs.
With younger pooches, making sure your pup is getting enough activity is very important. As Fido ages, he won’t be as active as he once did. Don’t let your pet become a complete couch potato, however. Your furry pal will still need some exercise, even if it’s just a daily walk. Ask your vet for more information.
Keep up with Fido’s veterinary appointments. It’s important to have your dog examined regularly. This greatly increases the chances of issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. At home, watch for signs of sickness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Small touches can help keep your canine companion more comfortable. Pet ramps or stairs will make it easy for him to get in and out of cars or on and off the bed. Good grooming will help keep Fido from feeling itchy, while regular nail trims will keep his paws healthy. In extreme weather, keep your pooch indoors, in climate-controlled rooms, as much as possible, and avoid taking him from hot to cold areas (or vice versa) too quickly.
At the end of the day, Fido wants nothing more than to hang out with you. Spend lots of time with him. Senior dogs often develop a very sweet temperament, which is truly a joy. Enjoy this special time with your canine buddy. That cute tail will still work just fine!
Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to providing excellent care!