I once owned a dog named Timmy. She was a mixed breed and I could never really tell her origins, but she was one of the most intelligent dogs I’ve ever owned. She was a small dog, and that amazed me with the kind of bark she owned and the amount of energy. But then I left for high school and we kind of lost touch, only seeing her when schools closed. By the time I was done with high school, Timmy was also done with too much activity, and her energy levels started going down. But I didn’t stop loving her just because she was older now. In fact now that she needed me more, I was willing to give her more attention and care. Here are a few tips I learned about caring for a senior dog.
Just like humans, dogs constantly need exercise to stay healthy, even in their old age. Take your senior dog for regular walks and play with her if she is in a position to do so. Exercise keeps obesity at bay, which in turn prevents diseases such as diabetes.
Take your dog to the vet’s for regular checkups.This habit ensures the vet is aware of any diseases the dog might have, even if the disease is not yet obvious, and treats it before it gets to a chronic or untreatable stage.
Dogs get dental problems as they grow older. Brushing your dog’s teeth might help keep them intact throughout her life. Alternatively, provide chew toys. Giving your dog non-edible bones also massages their gums and provides scraping action on their teeth, much like a dental hygienist descaling the plaque from human teeth. Our Flavorit Breath™ bone is infused with CHLOROPHYLL and MINT which promotes healthy gums and fresh breath.
As your dog grows older, her energy levels drop. Where she used to play endlessly in the backyard, she now prefers to sleep on the porch and daydream all day long. This necessitates a change in the way you feed her to either lesser portions, or the frequency of feeding, or provide a different type of food altogether to keep her from
getting overweight. Include supplements in her diet to keep her healthy.
Always consider special treatment for your senior dog to keep her happy in her old age. For instance, consider allowing more time to get into and out of cars, provide soft beddings for her comfort, and ramps if she is now unable to climb the stairs she used to climb three at a time.
PS:My Timmy lived to a ripe old age of 15 years, thanks to my constant care and patience.
Taking Care of Older Dogs