Senior dogs have different requirements in terms of care than a younger dog would. For many pet lovers, watching our dogs grow older is a comforting and rewarding experience. It is sometimes hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at our feet. When your furry friend begins to slow down, starts to put on a little weight or stiffen up, they need your help and understanding. Unlike a fellow human, your dog can’t take responsibility for its care. They rely on you!
When is a dog considered a senior pet?
It would depend on the breed. Large breed dogs would be considered a senior pet long before a toy breed would be. If you have any questions concerning the health of your pet, please give us a call at 709-753-0506.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
The most common health issues experienced by senior dogs can include things like arthritis, gum disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and dementia.
How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule a regular checkup, exercise, etc.).
Caring for a senior dog can include seeing your veterinarian yearly, annual bloodwork, having them on a senior diet, taking care of their dental health, allowing them to exercise and providing grooming if they are unable to do it themselves.