Aging dogs – comfort for old dogs
Aging dogs – comfort for old dogs
Aging dogs that are happy and comfortable are a beautiful sight. It means that someone has done an excellent job of taking care of their dog and making his life worthwhile; says a lot of good things about the dog’s owner.
Arthritis in dogs is common as they age, they suffer the same inconveniences as older people: Their joints stiffen, their energy levels decrease, their hearing weakens and their vision becomes less sharp. Canine incontinence can also be a problem in older dogs. Fortunately, a dog’s sense of smell seems to be the most resistant to aging changes.
In today’s world, there are many products to make your aging dog more comfortable.
Care for senior dogs
The old dog appreciates a warm and comfortable bed. An orthopedic bed is a good choice, they provide maximum support and are specially made to soften the joints and bones. For dogs with arthritis, this is ideal and they come in a variety of styles. For added comfort, consider a heated dog bed, bed warmer, or heated blanket for your aging best friend. The combination of supportive bedding and warmth will have a very therapeutic effect on your dog. Place the bed in a draft-free location.
Carefully choose food for an adult dog. Older dogs tend to put on extra pounds due to reduced activity and burn calories less efficiently. They do best on fewer calories because they use less energy. But don’t cut back on your aging dog’s food; just choose lower calorie foods. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations regarding a diet and vitamin/mineral regimen based on your dog’s health. This may have implications for his energy level. Make sure your senior dog has plenty of water at all times. Older dogs can become dehydrated more easily than younger ones.
Exercise is important, but don’t overtax your best friend. Let him smell the flowers or the “fire hydrant.” Short walks several times a day instead of one long one may be a good idea.
Regular reviews are mandatory for adult dogs. In addition to annual vaccinations and health examinations, pay special attention to dental care. It is likely to lose some teeth and develop bad breath. Keep his teeth clean and free of plaque and have his teeth checked regularly. This will reduce the chance of him developing serious problems, such as heart disease as a result of tooth decay or gum disease.
Incontinence sometimes it’s a problem for old dogs. There are many reasons. Don’t scold him for something that isn’t his fault. See your vet, it may be treatable. A temporary way to deal with incontinence urination is to use dog diapers and training pads to eliminate these messes in your home. Dog diapers are available in several sizes and styles designed for male and female dogs. Training mats can be placed under your dog to protect his carpet, furniture and bed.
Finally, good care for your senior dog is useful. Brush daily to keep the coat healthy and detect any problems such as dry skin, sore spots, body odor, fleas and ticks. Check your dog’s ears for any odor or discharge caused by an infection.
Genetics play a role. Generally speaking; small dogs (20 lbs) live longer and show no signs of aging until about 12 years of age. While in medium sized dogs (20 – 50 lbs), the effects of aging will be seen around 10 years. In larger breeds (90 lbs and over), aging usually starts to show around 8 years of age. There are exceptions to this, of course. With advances in geriatric veterinary care, good nutrition and excellent care for aging dogs, the aging process can be slowed.
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