Senior Dog Care Tips

Is your dog going grey around the muzzle? If so, Fido may be entering—or already in—his golden years. Although your canine buddy will be just as cute as a senior as he was as a puppy, his needs will change as he ages. Here, a Diamond Bar, CA vet lists some senior dog care tips.

Activity

It’s normal for dogs to slow down as they age, but don’t let Fido become a complete couch potato. Keep your pup active by walking him daily, and playing with him when he feels frisky. This will keep his bones and muscles strong, and keep that cute tail wagging.

Veterinary Care

Fido may need to come in more often as he ages. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch for potential signs of illness, such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and changes in thirst or appetite. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Keep Fido Comfortable

As your dog ages, he’ll become more sensitive to temperature extremes. Keep Fido safe and comfortable in climate-controlled rooms when it is hot or cold out. A good doggy bed is also important. We recommend orthopedic beds for older dogs, because of the extra support they offer.

Weight Control

Did you know that over half of our canine pals are overweight? While Fido may look cute if he’s a bit chubby, those extra pounds will be very bad for his health. Keep your pet at or near his ideal weight.

Good Food

One of the best things you can do for Fido is to ensure he is getting good nutrition. Offer your furry friend a premium, senior-formula dog food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks.

Grooming

Brushing Fido regularly will remove dead fur and dander from his coat, which will help keep him warm in winter and cool in summer. Clipping your pup’s claws is also important: overgrown nails can be very problematic for senior pooches. Finally, don’t forget about your canine companion’s teeth. Dental problems are no more fun for dogs than they are for us!

Senior Facilities

Older dogs sometimes have trouble getting around. Pet ramps or stairs will help Fido get on and off the bed, or in and out of the car.

Is your senior dog due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Diamond Bar, CA pet hospital, today!

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