September 16, 2011 With September being Senior Pet Wellness Month, today we’ll talk about 7 ways that you can give better senior dog care.
1. Twice a Year Veterinary Visits
For younger dogs, annual veterinary visits are just fine. But since senior dogs have a much greater risk of disease, twice a year visits are what are now officially recommended. The logic behind this recommendation is that problems can be addressed earlier this way before they become too advanced.
2. Keep Your Dog in Shape
Like people, older dogs have slower metabolisms so they tend to gain weight. By keeping your dog active you can help keep their metabolic rate boosted and leaner.
3. Lots of Fresh Water
Water is the most important nutrient of all, and senior dogs need lots of it. Make sure that every day you clean out their water bowl and give them lots of clean fresh water.
4. Daily Check Ups by You
While petting your dog everyday it is a good idea to palpate for any new lumps or bumps your pet has. A quick daily check over of your senior dog can be a great way to catch problems early.
5. Dog Joint Supplements
You may want to talk to your veterinarian to see if your dog needs any supplements. The most common ones for dogs are glucosamine and chondroitin. This are nutrients designed to help keep your dog’s joints healthy.
6. Senior Dog Food
As your dog ages, you may want to think about switching their food to a senior dog food. These dog foods often have more fiber, fewer calories, and more nutrients. They are designed for dogs with slower metabolism. Also many of them come with special supplements as well.
7. Get Pet Insurance
Senior dog insurance is a great idea because treating things like cancer, diabetes, and joint problems can be expensive. Here is some advice on how to get pet insurance for older dogs.