Your dog’s size, genetics and lifestyle play a major role in their aging process. With proper care and attention, your senior dog can live many full and happy years. Just like humans as we age, senior dogs become less mobile and more prone to disease and aging conditions.
- Hearing, vision loss
- Arthritis, joint problems
- Obesity, diabetes
- Gum disease
- Gastrointestinal, heart, kidney issues
Senior Dog Care Requirements
Senior dogs have different care requirements than puppies and adult dogs. Give your senior dog lots of attention and accommodate any special needs they may have in addition to good habits and regular exams.
- Proper nutrition (discuss supplements with your veterinarian)
- Regular exercise
- Annual examination (blood, urine, fecal testing, vaccines)
- Parasite prevention
- Maintain oral health
- Regular grooming
- Special accommodations (ramps, raised bowls, etc.)
As with adult dog care, be observant for any changes in your dog’s alertness, digestion, skin and coat, weight, oral hygiene, and daily habits, and consult us if you have any concerns.