Tips On How To Look After An Older Dog
Because this is a key stage in your doggy's life, we answer the most common questions relating to care of mature pets. This includes advice on diet, most appropriate Dog Beds, food supplements and exercise.
What Age Is A Dog Considered To Be Senior?
Size often dictates at what age your furry friend has reached seniority. So, smaller dogs are thought to be senior from about 10 years old. Whereas for a giant pooch it can be from aged 5-6 years. However, it is generally agreed by Vets that 7-8 years is when most canines reach this milestone. Therefore this is the age that you may want to change to a senior diet. Many brands including Royal Canin, Skinners and Arden Grange have Senior Dog Food in their range.
Tips On How To Look After An Older Dog - Care Information
So your canine chum has a few more grey hairs and is a bit slower out on walkies - what next? Well the first thing is to look at an appropriate diet formulated for more mature pets. Senior Dog Food such as Burns Weight Control Adult / Senior - Chicken & Oats tends to contain less protein and fewer calories to match the lower energy output in older hounds. As a result it helps prevent weight gain. What's more it also contains increased levels of supplements for joint protection such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM.
As a dog ages they require less exercise. So you should gradually reduce the length of their walks and avoid less boisterous exercise. Games (such as fetch) with older dogs can carry an increased risk of injury as well as potentially aggravating conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.
When the mercury drops in the winter months it is advisable to invest in a waterproof and insulating winter Dog Coat. A weatherproof doggy overcoat such as Danish Design Ultimate 2-in-1 Dog Coat will keep the very worst of the British weather off and keep your elderly hound toasty warm. The range comes in lots of brilliant colours and sizes so your pet will be spoilt for choice.
Tips On How To Look After An Older Dog - Health Problems
Ageing dogs are susceptible to degenerative diseases, rather like humans. In particular, keep monitoring all their functions: including eyes, ears, bowel movements and teeth. You should also arrange regular check-ups at the Vets. A lot of ailments are preventable. For example, feeding low calorie food such as Autarky Mature Lite Hypoallergenic Dry Dog Food - Succulent Salmon aids weight reduction. In turn, this puts less pressure on joints and vital organs such as the heart. What's more it can also help prevent chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis diabetes and kidney problems.
Cleaning teeth is a hot potato when it comes to dogs; all sorts of problems can develop if oral hygiene is neglected. One great solution is to try a dental chew which helps to scrape off tartar and plaque. One of our favourite products is Farm Food Easy Antler Dog Chew. Made from naturally shed deer antlers, chewing one of these helps to scrape teeth clean. As they are sawn in half it is easier for doggies to access the bone marrow.
Tips On How To Look After An Older Dog - Care Products
A great way to care for your pet in old age is to invest in an orthopaedic dog bed. There are some great brands to choose from such as Scruffs, Danish Design and Bunty. Orthopaedic dog beds are the height of comfort for tired limbs and joints. Why? Because they use extra supportive memory foam which also is great insulation from cold floors. For more information why not read our Best Orthopaedic Dog Bed Blog?
Other excellent dog care products include supplements such as Vets Kitchen Active Joints Dog Supplement - Glucosamine. Containing high levels of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and MSM. The combination of these beneficial ingredients means Active Joints Supplement is highly effective in dealing with joint ailments and promoting cartilage health. Simply add a teaspoon your dog's dinner to give tired and aching joints a boost.
Hopefully this blog demonstrates that advancing years doesn't mean everything has to stop for you and your pooch. It is simply a new chapter in your woofer's life.
There are so many wonderful products which aid good canine health and can even save expensive trips to the Vet. Why not try:
Royal Canin Medium Adult Dental Care Dry Dog Food - 10kg - cleans teeth and helps keep breath fresh.