Is your dog spending more time napping than playing lately? Is Fido going grey about the muzzle? If so, you may have a four-legged senior on your hands. Older dogs are really super cute, and they often have a very lovable, friendly demeanor that makes them a joy to be around. However, you may want to make some adjustments to your pet’s care regimen as he ages. A Mesa, AZ vet offers some senior dog care tips below.
Fido won’t sleep very well on a thin mat. Get him a comfy bed, where he can doze off and dream about squirrels, tennis balls, and/or bacon. (Tip: orthopedic beds are a great bet for older dogs.)
Your canine pal won’t be as bouncy or playful as he once was. However, regular exercise is still very important. This will keep Fido in shape, and prevent muscle atrophy. Most dogs need at least a daily walk. Swimming is also a good bet, as long as your pooch actually enjoys it and your vet doesn’t object.
Some of the things you’ll need to do for Fido will depend on his age, breed, weight, and health. For instance, if your furry buddy loses his hearing, you may need to put bells on him and teach him to come when you wave a light. An arthritic dog may have completely different needs. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Grooming is important for many reasons. Dead fur and dander can make your dog’s coat hot and itchy, which is very uncomfortable. Brushing him regularly will help with this. Paw care is also important. Keep Fido’s claws clipped, and use paw balm to protect his paws.
Fido will never outgrow his love of treats. Just be careful not to overindulge him. It’s very easy for senior dogs to pack on extra pounds! Your vet may also recommend certain supplements.
Little touches can make a big difference in pet care. Pet ramps or stairs may help Fido climb in and out of the car, while elevated dishes may be more comfortable for him to eat from.
Dogs are amazingly loyal and loving, and stick faithfully with their owners through thick and thin. Pay lots of attention to Fido, and keep that cute tail wagging!
Please contact us, your Mesa, AZ vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!