By Jessica Brody
How You Can Give Your Senior Pet a New “Leash” on Life
We all wish our fur babies could stay young and healthy forever, but of course, ageing is a part of life. Sometimes there are obvious signs our dogs are showing their age, while other signs may not even be noticeable at all. To help your senior dog live his best life, pet parents need to know which issues to look out for and what they can do to address them.
Know What to Expect
When you first welcomed a furry family member into your home, you probably spent some time learning everything you could, from how to house train a puppy to socialisation and teaching tricks. Unfortunately, you don’t really get an instruction manual for what to expect in your dog’s senior years. When your dog gets to be around 6 or 7 years old, start looking for common signs of ageing. The Spruce Pet explains that these signs may include decreased activity, greying fur around their face, and indications of hearing loss.
These signs of ageing are entirely normal for senior dogs, but don’t assume any issues your dog has are from old age alone. There could be a medical problem going on, and many times these issues can be treated and your dog can resume a perfectly happy life.
Helping Your Senior Dog Thrive
Once you’ve ruled out or treated medical concerns, you can explore different ways to help your dog feel his best. Senior dogs have different needs than when they were younger, which is why changing up your pup’s care and routine can make all the difference.
You know your dog best, so always use your own judgement, along with the advice of your vet, before making any big changes. This is a crucial stage in your dog’s life - and one that requires special care. The right solutions can make all the difference in helping your pup live his best life for years to come.