Pet Care Care Of The Geriatric Dog

Pet Care Care Of The Geriatric Dog



Generally speaking,​ a​ dog over the​ age of​ 8 is​ considered "old". Depending on​ the​ breed,​ your dog's lifespan will be anywhere from 7 to​ 17 years. a​ dog's "middle age" is​ usually from age 4 to​ 8,​ anything after that is​ a​ bonus and your dog is​ in​ "old age". Start your dog's "senior" years off by having a​ vet exam once yearly,​ so that you​ can keep pace with any condition that might develop. None of​ this article is​ intended to​ replace good veterinary care,​ which is​ your best insurance that your dog will live to​ a​ ripe old age.

All through life keep your dog at​ its optimum weight and do not allow it​ to​ become fat. Obesity is​ the​ biggest cause of​ other major health concerns in​ the​ dog,​ such as​ kidney and liver malfunction,​ diabetes and arthritis. Don't give too many treats - this will add pounds! if​ you​ do treat your dog a​ lot,​ give it​ pieces of​ its own kibble and deduct that amount from the​ amount you​ feed. Do not "self-feed",​ this can lead to​ digestive problems. Feed twice daily or​ once daily and pick the​ food up that is​ not eaten. This is​ also the​ best way to​ regulate the​ amount your are feeding your dog.

Old dogs sometimes lose their teeth - you​ can ensure they eat their food by adding water to​ the​ kibble and pre-soaking it. Remember however that this will lead to​ more plaque on​ the​ teeth,​ and brushing the​ dogs teeth daily will help to​ take care of​ this problem.

Access to​ fresh water is​ absolutely necessary. Always be sure that your dog has plenty of​ fresh water available,​ and as​ it​ gets older make sure,​ too,​ that your dog can get up and get to​ the​ water. if​ not,​ then take the​ water to​ the​ dog!

Walk your older dog as​ much as​ possible. Even if​ it​ doesn't walk too well,​ a​ short walk daily will keep its circulation going and provide some stimulation from the​ environment,​ besides which it​ gives the​ dog some quality time to​ be with you. Walking stimulates the​ blood circulation and keeps the​ heart muscles stronger.

Old dogs,​ even if​ they have had perfect joints often develop arthritis. Arthritis will be compounded by obesity... the​ BEST way to​ prevent this particular condition is​ to​ keep your dog skinny! a​ good way to​ prevent the​ severity of​ arthritis is​ to​ feed a​ food that is​ labelled "Senior" as​ most of​ these foods have the​ right combination of​ nutrients to​ prevent obesity,​ including chondroitin and sulfate. you​ can also find supplements which will contain these beneficial elements.

Old dogs do not move as​ easily. They may not be able to​ get up and move to​ a​ shady place if​ they are outdoors in​ the​ hot sun,​ and likewise to​ a​ warm place if​ they are outdoors in​ the​ cold. the​ best place to​ keep your old dog is​ inside. if​ you​ can't do this,​ provide shelter and be sure to​ check in​ extreme weather conditions that your dog is​ protected from the​ elements or​ can get to​ protection. Wherever they are,​ the​ older dog suffers more from joint pain,​ and good bedding is​ important to​ provide comfort. Keep a​ good supply of​ old quilts and rugs for bedding,​ and wash these frequently to​ prevent flea infestation. if​ the​ dog is​ outdoors,​ provide clean straw,​ and change it​ regularly.

Old dogs generally do not see as​ well so make sure that you​ don't introduce new or​ dangerous articles into the​ environment where your dog generally moves. if​ you​ do,​ then be sure to​ "introduce" the​ old dog to​ this new element,​ whether it​ be clothesline poles or​ new couches. Sometimes the​ old dog can't see this new item and will stumble into it.

Old dogs also need extra coat care. Since they spend most of​ their time lying down,​ it​ is​ possible that the​ underbelly can get inflammations or​ a​ matted coat. Check often that the​ dog is​ clean and free from mats. if​ your old dog no longer wants to​ be brushed,​ and this is​ often true of​ longer coated dogs,​ then shave the​ parts of​ the​ body that become the​ most matted,​ (under the​ tail,​ the​ belly,​ under the​ elbows,​ etc.).

As your dog grows older,​ the​ best rule of​ thumb is​ to​ pay attention to​ details. Such things as​ irregular breathing,​ episodes of​ panting,​ episodes of​ crying or​ whining,​ weakness in​ the​ rear legs...all these things should be reported to​ your vet. Keep abreast of​ any changes and give your dog as​ much good home care and vet care as​ you​ can and it​ will live longer and remain happier.




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