Pets are living longer. Many pet parents are better at paying more attention and caring for their pets health wellness.
When is a dog considered a senior?
A senior dog varies by size and breed. Dogs are considered a senior in the last 25% of their expected lifespan. Sugar’s breed, a golden retriever, has a life expectancy of 10-12 years old. Sugar was considered a senior dog when she was 7 1/2 years old. I am a proud pet parent of Sugar who is now 13 years old. I am very happy that she has exceeded her life expectancy years.
What am I doing right to keep Sugar Healthy and Happy? I am sharing these
7 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy and Happy
1) It is very important to EDUCATE yourself on how to care for your aging dog and be INFORMED on ailments that might occur.
2) Establish a RELATIONSHIP with your veterinarian. It is important that you trust your dog’s veterinarian and comfortable in asking any questions. It is recommended to take your senior dog for a vet visit every six months.
3) Provide your senior dog proper NUTRITION as obesity is very common in senior dog.
4) SUPPLEMENTS, like glucosamine and multi-vitamins/minerals, should be an essential part of your senior dog’s diet.
5) GROOMING is particularly important for senior dogs. It is critical to have a good dental health. Regular brushing eliminates dry skin and a good way to check for any lumps or abnormalities.
6) PLAY and EXERCISE should be part of your senior dog’s daily activity. Adjust as needed. Keep in mind, “Old dogs can learn new tricks.” Mental stimulating games are excellent to use for your senior dog.
7) Make your senior dog be part of your everyday LIFE.
Healthy + Happy DOG = Longer Life