Old Dog – Proper Pet Care
How old is your pet? “Wow, such an old dog!” exclaims an aspiring dog owner, hearing your answer. If your four-legged companion has lived to an old age, it means you truly love it. It shows that you’ve been taking good care of your pet and providing a comfortable environment for it. Bravo!
Dogs, like humans, experience personality changes and health issues as they age. Your pet begins to cause additional difficulties and requires more attention. How can the owner accept this and help their pet cope with age-related issues?
Is your dog ten years old already? So, what! Perhaps it will live another ten years in your love and care, repaying you in kindness. To begin with, don’t give up. Don’t turn down your friend’s attention. It is vital that it understands you still care.
Disease Prevention and Timely Treatment
A mature dog (one year to seven years old) should be examined by a veterinarian once a year. A routine physical examination can be paired with required vaccinations. However, elderly dogs require more frequent medical attention. Because an animal can’t express pain or discomfort verbally, the owner must regularly monitor the pet’s health in order to spot problems that are far easier to treat in their early stages. Dogs are subject to many diseases common to humans, especially those associated with ageing. They can develop sight and hearing problems, cataracts (pupils that turn gray-blue due to lens clouding), and dental problems that result in tooth loss. Dental plaque develops quickly in small breeds, and many of these “pocket” dogs are toothless by the age of 8-10 years. Such animals require a soft and pureed meal diet. Furthermore, proper dog care is necessary. Ears, eyes, and dental cavity should all be clean. Use specialized veterinary pharmacy products to clean these organs as they become dirty: lotions, pastes, and drops. To help your beloved pet live as long as possible, do not hesitate to notify the veterinarian of any changes in the dog’s behavior that you have observed.
Walks and Physical Activity
An old dog will no longer be able to accompany you on long walks. However, it’s still beneficial for them to get fresh air. To accommodate this, you’ll have to reduce the length of the walks but increase their frequency. This way, your dog will get less tired. Moreover, the risk of catching a cold in bad weather is much higher for an old dog.
It’s essential to reduce physical strain to avoid overburdening their heart. However, you shouldn’t eliminate exercise altogether. Otherwise, your pet may lose its physical shape, and obesity is deadly for dogs! Replace running with walking and shorten the usual route. If the dog becomes short of breath, it’s better to go home using an elevator rather than stairs. Nonetheless, the cause of the shortness of breath should be checked by a veterinarian.
An elderly dog should not be left alone at home for extended periods of time, since they may become very lonely. Incontinence might also become a problem as they age. If you must leave your dog for an extended amount of time, place a special pee pad in a corner, like you would for a puppy. Don’t punish your pet for not waiting for you; it’s beyond their control. To get your elderly dog to use the pee pad, you need to know a few rules on how to train your older dog to use a pee pad.
Diet for an Old Dog
Reconsider your pet’s nutrition to help prevent obesity. They will benefit more from tender white chicken meat than from red beef. Always include vitamins and minerals in their diet for bone health and immune system support. Check that the food and water are not excessively cold or hot, and refrain from adding spicy or seasonings to their meals. Pepper, garlic, and dill, for example. Be prepared for your companion may need to go outside after eating.
Many dog owners, anticipating the inevitable parting with their friend, consider getting a new puppy. You, more than anyone, know your dog. Consider how they would react to a new puppy in the house. If your companion is particularly jealous, let them live out their days in peace. Don’t introduce an additional source of stress. However, some old dogs seem to come to life when a puppy enters the home. They gladly take on the role of a mentor, teaching the young pup many things. If your dog is like that, maybe it’s worth a try? In any case, think carefully about this significant decision.
For old dogs, it’s crucial to maintain good health and detect any illnesses early. If your pet suddenly falls ill, don’t waste time and consult a veterinarian immediately! Delaying treatment for any disease is extremely risky for older dogs! Make it a rule to take your pet to the vet clinic every six months for a preventive check-up. May your pet stay healthy!