Caring for an older dog

Posted on October 08 2018

Caring for an older dog

Old dogs need special care and attention. Their abilities decline on more than one plane, but it is possible to improve their daily life by adapting their way of life.

In both dogs and humans, life expectancy tends to increase. The old age is, too, longer, with everything that age brings as daily difficulties. Caring for a senior dog is certainly not the same as caring for a younger animal. Dogs that are aging have specific needs that must be recognized and satisfied.

Ongoing medical follow-up

As we age, we face a greater number of health concerns . It's exactly the same for our 4-legged friends. Older dogs tend to suffer from heart, joint, oral, ocular , digestive or kidney problems when they arrive in the last third of their lives.

This growing fragility of the dog requires a more thorough and even more regular medical follow-up in order to detect possible complications and put in place the necessary treatments early. Visits to the veterinarian must become more frequent as the animal ages.

Clean up your dog, but do not make him inactive

It is true that the old dog's cardio-respiratory abilities and joint state have nothing to do with what they were when he was young. The physical activity of the animal must therefore be adapted to its situation, with shortened exits and moderate exercises.

The dog must continue to move , work his muscles and breathe more gently, but he must not stop doing so. The worst thing that could happen to him would be, indeed, to encourage him to stay in his corner, without being active, for fear of rushing him too much.

The pursuit of her favorite physical activities will not only keep her fit , but she also offers her the opportunity to keep her senses awake through games and to continue to strengthen her bonds with her master.

Adapt your diet to your age

Of course, the dog 's diet must also follow his age. The nutritional needs of senior dogs are changing considerably, which requires the establishment of a progressive food transition .

Due to various age-related phenomena, such as the greater proportion of fat mass, the weakening of bone capital and infections, the dog's diet must be gradually modified so as to bring him less fat, compared with more high quality protein, minerals and vitamins (especially C and E).

The food transition to a special senior diet must be gradual  : the new formula is to mix gradually to the old while increasing the proportions of the senior formula, and this, for a period of one week to 10 days . Once completed, this process allows you to switch to a 100% senior diet .

In the chapter food, always, it should be remembered that excessive treats can only harm the dog, older in addition. He already has trouble controlling his weight , not to mention his digestive system less efficient than during his youth. Overpriced treats help to aggravate one's health problems.

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