When caring for your older dog, it is important that once your dog becomes older it is time to take some preventative steps in order for them to remain healthy, happy and active.
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What To Know When Caring For Your Older Dog
Have your vet examine your pet annually or more often, if necessary.
As in humans, keep your dogs weight within the proper or optimum range. An overweight dog has far more health problems. Such as joint problems, arthritis, diabetes and liver or kidney malfunctions.
Treats and caring for Your Older Dog
Cut down on the amount of treats given to your pet. It is hard to resist their soulful eyes but always remember that it is for their own good.
Killing through Kindness
While caring for your older dog you do not want to kill your pet by thinking you are being kind to them. Feed your pet once a day. Or smaller amounts twice a day but remove the food if there is any left.
If you have children, explain to them why they should not sneak food to the family pet.
As with dogs of any age, make sure there is always fresh, cool water available.
Some older dogs have problems getting to the water bowl. So either take the water to them or place bowls of water in several different places so they do not have to go far for a drink.
As part of caring for your older dog it is highly recommended, that if possible, to take your dog for a short walk daily.
This helps the dog's blood circulation and provides some new sights and smells to stimulate them and it gives you quality time to spend with your pet. They may be older but are still curious.
Switch Food when Caring for Your Older Dog
As well, when caring for your older dog, you may need to switch from dry food to a moist or canned food as your dog ages. Their teeth may not be able to handle the hardness of dry kibble.
Healthy and Happy
Caring for your older dog and taking them to the vet regularly will help keep your dog healthy and happy for a longer life.
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