Most of the time it has been seen that senior dogs get overlooked at rescue shelters because either they are old or do not look cute enough. Often senior dogs are the ones who have a lot of love to give. They might not be highly energetic but they make up for that with lots of love.
If you have a senior dog at home or nearby locality, here is how you can take care of them:
1. Notice the signs of aging
Keep noticing your dog closely for the signs of aging. Some dogs coat begin to show grey hairs. Sometimes they might not be quick enough to respond when they see you. Walking up and down the stairs take time. You may also notice them having a hard time looking for treats or toys, due to weakening of their eye sight.
2. Take them for a regular vet visit
There are some diseases that are a part of normal aging; however, there are a few diseases that trouble old age dogs more. For instance, old age can cause dogs to frequently urinate. Although it may seem like a normal behavior when they are young but when they are old, it can be a sign of major disease.
3. Make sure they exercise regularly
Senior dogs usually are lazy and not physically active. You need to take your senior dogs for regular walks. You can reward them with treats for going on daily walks. Give them oil massages on daily or weekly basis to ensure proper functioning of their old bones and muscles.
4. Manage the diet of your senior dog
Many dogs gain or lose weight with age, so keep an eye on their diet. A senior dog needs a holistic diet with foods rich in antioxidants, protein, omega 3’s etc. Consult your vet and get a diet chart made for your old dog.
5. Keep them engaged and happy
Keep your dog engaged and happy by petting them, rubbing their bellies and hugging them. If your senior dog isn’t interested in playing with old and hard chew toys, try something new like softer, smaller, squishier chew toys.
6. Make them feel comfortable
Make sure they have a comfortable bed. Don’t force them to climb stairs as it can be difficult for them.
7. Dog grooming
Keep grooming your senior dog regularly. Check their teeth and ensure they are clean. Don’t forget to check their ears, skin and coat for any irregularities. Keep your dog flea-free.
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