Watching our pets get old is one of the most difficult parts of being a pet parent. And yet, it’s something we all must experience. Having an aging dog will bring inevitable change to their routine. But there are plenty of things you can do to help ease your dog’s aging process. Don’t be afraid of this change– your dog can still enjoy their golden years in style and ease with a little help from you!
Here are some tips to help ease the aging process for your older dog.
Keep them active
An active dog is a healthy dog. Whether playing with their furry BFFs, participating in Group Classes, or keeping up with daily walks, keep your dog moving to help with their continued mobility.
From their joints to skin, your dog may need additional nutrients not available just through food. Your senior dog’s diet may need to be fortified with fatty acids such as DHA and EPA. Supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin and Omega may also be beneficial.
At 11 years old, daily hikes and activities help Brecken stay energetic and fit.
Keep watch for any changes
Signs of arthritis often are similar to signs of normal aging. Be sure to ask your vet if your dog should be on any arthritis treatments. Don’t forget to also keep them mentally active, as aging dogs can show signs of senility.
Schedule regular checkups
Senior dogs should see their vets at least every six months for a checkup. Many diseases and health issues can be treated if caught early on. Additionally, it’s important to keep up with grooming as your dog gets older.
Don’t shy away from alternative medicine
Have you had a massage or acupuncture to feel better? The same goes for your dog!
If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Wellness Wednesday’s on the first Wednesday of each month!