As any dog owner will know, your dog is one of the most loved and cared for members of your family. From the day you brought your dog home, you instantly fell in love with him and since then, have only ever wanted what’s best for him. Fast forward a few years and your dog is beginning to age, he might be getting on a bit, but he is still that gorgeous puppy you fell in love with. You might think of your dog as still being young, but once he hits double digits, your puppy has most definitely reached his twilight years. Just like senior people require different care to children, senior dogs need different care to younger dogs. To help you keep your senior dog happy and healthy, we have put together some handy tips below:
Take your dog for regular vet checks
As your dog ages, he will become more prone to health problems, so it is important that you take him for regular check ups with the vet. By taking your dog for regular health checks, any underlying health problems can be picked up as early as possible, making them easier to treat.
Most vets recommend that older dogs should have two vet checks per year - one every six months. A full health check by your vet will help to ensure that your dog is healthy and comfortable and not suffering from any age-related illnesses or disease.
Keep an eye on your dogs behavior
While it is important to watch the behavior of all dogs, it is even more important to keep an eye on the behavior of senior dogs. Look out for changes in personality, bowel habits, eating and drinking habits, and sleep patterns.
A change of behavior in your dog could indicate the onset of illness or disease, so it is important always to keep an eye on behavior. If you do notice any changes in your dogs behavior, make an appointment to see your vet immediately.
Keep flea and worming treatments up to date
Keeping your dogs flea and worming treatments up to date is important regardless of the age of the dog. However, for young puppies and older dogs, it is even more important as their immune systems and bodies are weaker.
To keep your dog healthy, you should flea and worm him once a month unless directed differently by your vet. You can either get worming treatments online from http://www.wormers.co.uk/, or from your vet - whatever is easiest for you.
Feed your dog age-appropriate food
As your dog ages, his dietary requirements will begin to change. That’s why there is dog food for different ages of dog - puppy, adult and senior. You might think that all dog food is the same, but it really isn’t.
With so many senior food options available, from weight control options to weight gain foods, it can be hard to know what is best for you dog. If you are unsure what food to buy for your senior dog, ask your vet for advice.
Make your dogs bed as comfortable and cozy as possible
As your dog ages, he may begin to suffer from joint problems, so it is important that he has somewhere comfortable and cozy to rest in. Make your dogs bed as comfortable as possible by adding pillows, blankets and throws to it - you could even invest in a specialist orthopedic bed.