Many pet parents struggle with the realization that their dog is getting older. But it’s important to recognize the signs of aging and what to do about senior pet care while taking measures to ensure your dog’s quality of life does not change. Here are some things you can do for senior pet wellness in Broken Arrow.
By Caroline Golon, Petfinder.com
Senior Pet Care Tips
FEED YOUR DOG A NUTRITIOUS DIET
Good nutrition is important at every age, but, according to Dr. Ernie Ward, veterinarian and senior pet health expert. “Feeding your pet the proper nutrition in their senior years….is critical to helping them fight the signs of aging and keeping them active and playful.”
Talk with your vet about the type of diet your dog needs. Your vet can make recommendations about quality brands, ingredients or special formulas your senior dog needs to thrive.
For more information about diet, visit Petfinder’s Dog Nutrition articles.
HELP YOUR DOG GET ENOUGH EXERCISE
Your dog may be slowing down but that doesn’t mean he should spend his days curled up on the couch. Exercise is critical to keeping your dog healthy, both physically and mentally. Your dog may not be able to go on long hikes with you but shorter, less strenuous walks will keep him feeling good.
According to Dr. Ward, “Exercise is critical to keeping your pet youthful – Keeping a pet lean as they age is one of the most important factors in senior pet care.”
KEEP YOUR DOG AT A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Extra pounds on older dogs means more stress on their body, including joints and internal organs. If you feel your dog needs to shed a few pounds, talk with your veterinarian about a weight loss and exercise plan.
SCHEDULE REGULAR CHECK UPS
A lot can happen in between veterinary visits. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends senior dogs see their vets at least every six months for a check up. Many diseases and health issues, if caught early enough, can be treated and senior pet wellness exams may be the most crucial component of senior pet care .
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