How To Keep Your Dog Healthy And Happy As He Turns Into A Senior Citizen (And He'S Not Even Old Yet)
When your dog reaches senior status, it will depend on their size and genetics. Large breed dogs are considered seniors at 5 or 6 years old. Smaller breeds become senior dogs later in life around 8 to 10 years old . Increase your dog's health exams from once a year to twice a year. You can set up annual pet visits to establish baselines for your pet's health. Stick to a healthy diet. Too many calories can lead to inflammation and weight gain. Dogs can't talk, so it’s our job as their caregivers to watch out for signs they might be in distress. Some things to look for include limping, difficulty changing position, difficulty climbing stairs or jumping, and lying down. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise for your dog and their well-being. Make the most of every moment together by participating in regular adventures together. For example, swimming is great for weight management and joints. Aging dogs are at an increased risk of things like gum disease and cracked teeth. Don't neglect your dog dog's oral care. If you notice resistance, bleeding, swelling, or signs of pain, you should get an appointment with the Vet. If your pet is sick, immediately call your local veterinary office. . . .